Gimme 10 bucks buddy, I'll read your fortune. You'll find yourself in bed with a redhead that'll melt your heart, and you, hers. It's not very clear, so take your shoes off and put some gold in them, `cause I think I see a road. Oh my god, you'll meet her in five days. Where? I see a big house in a city. Hand over the watch too, that's the only way I'll be able to tell you how many years you'll be together. She'll love you very much. Yes, give the coat too, so I can see the fire in your heart. Agent Chiţurlea, what are you doing barefoot and naked?

(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 July 2021, the group has 6.800 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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