Ma'am, what you're doing is illegal. What am I doing, dear sir? You exist in you full splendor. I cannot take it, madam. What can you not take? So much splendor; it's too much to bear, take some of it back. How am I to do that? Are you mad? I am. Yes, I am mad about you from the moment you decided to cross my path. You are losing your mind already, come to your senses! I will go wherever you order me too, with my sense altogether, as that is what I do. I use my senses to defuse bombs. Ma'am, you are one such thing and I am a sapper-genius. Let me disaramorzex you!

(Translated by Alin-Marian Mărgescu / 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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