Dear Flori, girls and boys can make you any illiterate manelist. Only I am capable of making you a genius. My DNA is always urging me: go to her, you fool, fuck her by the book and in nine months you'll have a little genius who will scream in seven foreign languages, solve the squaring of the circle and solve the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle. On one condition: that you mate under the big walnut tree, just as Mercury retrograde is conjunct Venus. Hey, shall we conceive it, Flori?

(Translated by Andreea Tobă / 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 December 2021, the group has 7.750 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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