I never would have thought that there's so much indecency. Today, at the gas station, a 21-year-old girl who was promoting sales in the detergent aisle, asked me point blank if I would promote her new line of detergents to my WhatsApp friends in exchange for sex. I, of course, declined because I am married, I am of a strong character and impeccable morals. So impeccable, just like the linens washed with the new MAXIMUM super bleach liquid detergent, which starting today you can also find with vanilla or lemon scent for only 69.99.

(Translated by Cristina Ioana Bontea / 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 June 2022, the group has 8,500 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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