I was on holiday when I asked for his help. He guided me to the citadel, and he showed me the ruins nearby. As I was curious about him, we had dinner at a restaurant at his suggestion. He taught me some new words and we laughed at videos with cats wearing socks. The wine was worth 5 stars out of 5. He brought me to the hotel, but he asked me if he had my consent. Yes, yes, I told him. He undressed me in his room. He knew what I was wearing, and how much I weigh, he even knew my blood type. I woke up in the hospital. Google Terms and Conditions, the right kidney, said the doctor. I had painkillers which cost between 6 and 9 euros.

(Translated by Roberta Ana-Maria Gulerez / 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 August 2022, the group has 9,000 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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