Dear Lisa, I'm telling you honestly, I've had enough. Come on Dracula, you are overreacting. I think you're getting a vegan diet. No, no, I mean it. For hundreds of years, the Earth has evolved, intellectuality has remained the same. Meaning? All the parvenus and snobs have the impression that the title on the door represents them. To this day, they haven't learned that it's their moral duty to help the rubes. Instead, they condemn them with vanity and contempt. They suck up boasting of each other, but they spit out envy. Let's not forget all the written nonsense about the Impaler.

(Translated by Iuliana Danciu / 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 June 2021, the group has 6.650 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 every few days. 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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