I have a new hobby: I collect women. Now, don't think I stack them in the storage room. It's about small adventures, usually for one night after which we part amicably. I am amazed to find that I am more successful now than I was at 30, although I am more experienced, not to mention that I am old. And I'm not even a millionaire. I took pictures with all the women in my life and they're placed in an album. I see you're curious. But I won't tell you how many are there, but the album is quite thick.

(Translated by Andreea Denisa Dinu / 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 August 2021, the group has 7.000 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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