I drew up my numerology report, I took into consideration absolutely everything: date of birth, my school years, how many children I have, shoe size, height, weight, the length of my penis. I also wrote down my blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol. It came out 412, which means 4+1+2=7. The number 7 is the spirituality level, the talents, the wisdom and the creativity. I like it. Sadly, today I lost a tooth. I don't really like number 6. I asked a numerologist: if I got an implant, would I go back to level 7?

(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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