He was Greek. He confessed that he had fed on the blood of many philosophers to get here, where he had also relocated. He wasn't interested in any other kind of blood. He had been Pythagoras' apprentice. He still believed that it was not advisable to eat animals, because animal spirits enter your body and affect the way you think. Or he wanted to be a philosopher too, even to write a elevatorsophia, but where else can you find the blood of a philosopher in these times. I told him I could make a small donation, but that from now on I will use the stairs.

(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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