What can this little robot do? I ask the ginger saleswoman. Lady, it's good, she says, it washes, it irons, it cleans. That's all? I ask again. She makes a sign so that I come closer. Miss, it definitely can do more, I borrowed it myself for a night and had the greatest time, but there's a small problem. It had skills, it has many options when you press on the blue button on its belly. I had an otherwordly orgasm, but then the electricity bill came and it ruined me. Expensive orgasm, I say, and I ask the ginger for a small vibrator on batteries.

(Translated by Ema-Teodora Rădulescu / 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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