This is the formula: dust from the furniture in which you kept your unpublished manuscripts, fleece from the sweaters in which you nestled in the evenings, splashes from your favorite Eden perfume, hardened fat from the pots in which you cooked my wonders, and finally a teaspoon breed from the ashes of the dog you brought to America with. I blew over the potion, because my breath remains part of you, it will bind the ingredients well and it will cure all cancer patients. I'm sorry I didn't think of that earlier, mommy.

(Translated by Emilia-Georgiana Călinescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected by Silvia Petrescu, coordinator of the translations)

Real Fiction is a collective project started in 2013 by Florin Piersic Jr. The concept of Real Fiction continued to exist as a Facebook group, after a volume of stories was published at Humanitas Publishing House. (In April 2021, the group has 5.600 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, with the texts limited to 500 characters (in Romanian, so the length of the English translation might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise on a topic that changes almost daily. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, Răzvan Penescu, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.

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