How old are you, kid? 18? Seriously? Money first, clothes afterwards. Yeah, sure, I'm asking for an ID. Don't tell me you brought your personal file to the whorehouse, like in college? I understand from your friend that was here before that you want the whole menu. Honestly, you don't even look ready for the appetizer, I have a feeling you'll be out of here by dessert. That's why I say pay up front, because I've been here before. 300, yeah. Ten-dollar bills, are you kidding me? You better take out your coin purse, so that we're on the same page. Come on, take your clothes off. Undress, I'm telling you.

(Translated by Oana Ionescu / 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 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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