Parents will love their children. They will take them in their arms and soothe them. They will understand their needs and will always be by their side. That way, we'll have only even-minded adults. There will be no more broken hearts that get booted by other hearts. People will empathize with one another and will help when in need. Eventually, we'll be able to stop the pandemic of soul illnesses. The remedy is simple, natural, and will be distributed free of charge, just enough for everyone. The essential oil called LOVE: administer one drop to the heart area.

(Translated by Alexandr Cotar / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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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