Next, said the bored secretary in a nasal voice. She turned back to her desk and kicked off her tormenting heels. Next, but what's the use, she grumbled. Is this casting? Blond and angelic or bald and paunchy or, get a load of this, without a front tooth. I think even if I rode the elevator a couple of times, I'd find one better suited for the vampire role. That dark-haired, church-smelling guy from this morning was just right, he looked like a priest who's a drug dealer in his spare time. Oh, I could see myself being bitten by that one.

(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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