I was alone on my birthday. I asked for the strongest vodka at the bar. A guy sat near me. His eyes shone like some headlights. He had blue hair, similar to mine. He didn't say anything, he just smiled and looked at me. I was tipsy, vulnerable and invited him over to my house. The next day I woke up with a green liquid on my lips, but I felt really good. A message gleamed on my phone: I would like to see you again. Maybe you could do a Brazilian wax as well, as my retractable device had some big orientation problems. Signed: Max, CliMax, galaxy 71.

(Translated by Claudia Cioplea / 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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