If you say you caught the evil eye, Florica, maybe you're right. Pompilică looked at me spitefully with his eyes green like the stars turned green by so much waiting. Did I say maybe? It be true, gal. Dat' famous man said it: our thoughts attract everything. You knew dis' kind of things, Joița, but you became dumb enough to stop going to the storz where you wised up. What are those? Meetings for a lot of money, where all you do is to sit like hermits on doormats, you lounge in the sun, eat chickpeas and some guy washes your mind and your traumas. You happy, more traumas, more money.

(Translated by Andreea-Daniela Vasilache / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 November 2022, the group has 9,580 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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