Yes, you who are reading these lines. Are you sick of living a dull life andof only seeing others happy? I am Inocenţiu Matrapazlâc, life-coach, and I invite you to rediscover life from another angle, to feel that you are alive. Your friendly but slightly naive face urges me to give you the first two courses for free What is life? and Getting Started, plus two lessons Why I'm a Sucker and Why I'm Still a Sucker after the first lesson, at the price of 5 lessons, which normally costs as much as 6 courses.

(Translated by Ioana Oacheşu / 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, setting their texts within the limit of 500 symbols (in Romanian language, so in English the limit might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise with an almost daily changed topic. 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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