I have many flaws, but one is above all others. I give advice out of the blue, without being asked. It is one thing to give it to a loser, just like me, but I wake up advising sometimes a guy that organized his life in better ways than I could organize my underwear in the closet, or thoughts in my head. Maybe in another life I was a king's adviser and I am behaving as if I had this job today as well. Taking into account the pieces of advice I give I believe they must have cut my head off back then and, in order to avoid the guillotine, I reincarnated as a blonde. Gotcha!

(Translated by Raluca Simion / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. dr. Nadina Vișan / Edited 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 October 2022, the group has 9,400 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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