In the erect state, the penis of this African tribe's chief measured 43 centimeters. If you add them together is 7, a magical number. The deduction is 1, the particular number of predestined leaders. The multiplication is 12, considered by the Chinese one of the symbols of perfection. Also in China the number 4 represents an avatar of death and violence, the proof we are facing the penis of a warrior. The number three is a symbol of virility. The number 43 is the symbol of the smile, confirmed by his wives.

(Translated by Daniela-Andreea Gugescu / 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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