I'm telling you, it's great. Magical, amazing and wonderful. It solves a lot of trouble, it takes away any pain. I have never seen anything like this. It creates appetite like nothing else, it takes away any concern, it helps with insomnia, makes the blood pressure go away, makes you float. It can be taken in any moment of the day. Taken well, it doesn't become addictive. Strong aroma, smooth texture, sugar-free, good for diabetics too. Plum essential oil. Liquid Xanax. By my word, brandy is pure medicine.

(Translated by Bianca-Maria Marinescu / 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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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