Must include 13 as well. For some it's bad luck. For some it's not. Then we have the birth days of family members. Prime numbers, multipliers, numbers raised to a power, squared roots. Then we have marriage. I don't know about that one. It's either about witchcraft or about stupidity, but it's worth a shot. 11, 22, and 33. The magic three. Google it and see for yourselves. When you decide which one to stick with, bet them on a lottery ticket and if you win, you've secured an exponential raise of friend requests and likes. Until you go bankrupt.

(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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