24.03.2022
Good Doctor, I can't control myself. I see a woman, I get on all fours and sniff her socks. The doctor was writing desperately. So you're a sockophiliac. I'll prescribe you this treatment so you'll no longer get on all fours. The next day, the patient was at the police station again, this time accused of theft. He entered a shop with a sock pulled over his head, screaming that he was cured. The shop lady gave him all of her money, screaming that she is pregnant. Satisfied, the doctor called it case closed. He cured him of harassment. He didn't treat thieving illnesses.

(Translated by Jin Cristian Yang / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 January 2022, the group has 7.830 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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