Great Shaman Mario, where did you say I should stick the needle? Luigi, I've told you so many times that it's called "to poke" and it's a real art of voodoo. You take a hand of clay, shape it like a god on his neighbour and then with the taikida demon thorns, you sieve the area that's bothering you. Then you utter the following words, Worthy mauls in dust you turn, Arrows of bitterness drip your sweetness on the soul of the one who has angered me and you utter the name of the one you want dead. Do you understand? Yeah. And Mario drops dead.

(Translated by Andreea-Iulia Ciucă / 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 December 2022, the group has 9,880 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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