I am telling you from my personal experience, it is not good to be perfect. It is not good for all of them to look at you either with jealousy, either expecting something from you. There is no need to argue from an intellectual standpoint, things are clear, and I would feel that by telling the truth it would create the impression I am bragging. Physically, I do not understand who Brad Pitt is, as everybody mistakes me for him. Sexually, Viagra is compared to me. I admit, I have been reproached because of the exaggerate dimension of my penis, but this is not a flaw. I love children, I clean, I am an excellent cook. Dear God, if only I existed!

(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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