This year 15 women left me. That's a personal best. Last year 13 dumped me. I'm still trying to figure that out, so I went to a witch. Gina, known as the Queen of Good Magic and Fucsia. She told me she has never seen such a thing since she began to draw out the quicksilver. My weddings are bound. I asked her if they are bound with a sailor's knot. She told me not to make fun of it, sarcasm and irony are devilish sort of things. I sacrificed a hen and anointed myself with its blood. After a few hours, Miruna called me. She feels sorry.

(Translated by Iulia-Teodora Urea / 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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