Hello, I am Maricel Hypnonson, I am 33 years old, and I am a world-renowned therapist, gold medallist at the most prestigious bamboozling contest, with 45 years of experience. Please, listen to my voice. I am your guide on your most important journey: the one towards your mind falling asleep. Now, imagine you are on an empty beach, with the sun hitting your face. When you wake up, you will have precisely 600 RON less in your pocket. Don't think I'm talking nonsense. A good sleep costs good money.

(Translated by Diana Mîndruță-Tănăsescu / 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 April 2022, the group has 8,175 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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