I stuck the needle in the voodoo doll's heart. Nothing's working right for me. They fired me from my job at the Blood Bank. They caught me drinking on the job. My girlfriend dumped me, told me I was nothing - she liked a different blood type. I was also gay, until he said: suck it. My friends avoid me because I'm a pain in the neck. Crosses, sunshine, garlic are all myths. Make me a voodoo doll and stick a needle in the heart, nothing else will kill me, Vlad told me in the elevator. I put down the needle and hugged the doll. You're not alone, little bumpire.

(Translated by Anca Maria Florea / 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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