I lost my sex appeal in front of the apartment building. It wasn't me, it was Mr. Gogu. He opened his doughnut shop. Right on the apartment building. Well, how can you have sex appeal if you have doughnuts? All I had to do was look smart. I read a couple of personal development books, Pop Tamaș's quotes, and The Horny Blonde's Diary, a manual for adjusting the heating system. There's also the danger of turning me into a lecherous, moth-eaten-looking old man, whistling after maybe sexy young girls, depending on the glasses.

(Translated by Anca Maria Florea / 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 July 2022, the group has 8,750 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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