Say Mary, was the ad according to which you won the lottery and you are looking for company a catch? It was, Saveta, it was. I no longer feel alone, everyday I receive over 50 letters from decrepit men, young thugs and elders who think I have wealth. I read their statements and answer them either that they do not meet the standard or that they are on the short list. My children also came back, they guessed it was me behind the number in the newspaper. They spin, they caress me, and they wait for me to die to get their hands on the money. But why also the ladies? To be cool, that's how rich people are.

(Translated by Mălina Ioana Butaru / 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 September 2021, the group has 7.150 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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