I'm Brazilia, expert in success, from the witch corporation Mobile Broom LLC. I came here to predict the fate you've received at birth. You're one of those who writes words that makes people cry, laugh or, God forbid, think. You make those kind of entanglements, embroideries, embellishments or whatever you call them. That's why I came here. Your fate is to be all smiles, each and every morning, to let love come out of you, from the fondest ones to this very old hag right here. Have a beautiful spring just like you, sweethearts.

(Translated by Mihaela Dumitrescu / 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 March 2022, the group has 8,050 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 every few days. 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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