27.10.2021
I found a book about numbers that influence your life in a second hand book shop. After I read it, I started doing the math. I added, I substracted, I multiplied and I divided. I wasn't sure what popped out. Actually, I know what popped out. My eyes. I started doing the math again, I was trying to see my future. But it was murky. I got a terrible headache from all that math. If I could at least find out the winning lottery numbers, my headache would go away immediately. No way I'd have that kind of luck.

(Translated by Bianca-Maria Ciucaşu / 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 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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