Rumor has it that the elevators in New York are haunted by a vampire who attacks single women and bites their nipples. I would say that there is not only one because the bitten girls have multiplied. I know this from Annie, who is a nurse at Bellevue. I live on the 44th floor of a skyscraper in The Bronx. My job is also in a skyscraper, in Manhattan, on the 62nd floor. Do you think I'm afraid of the vampire? Not at all. If I met him, I would kiss him. Thanks to him, I lost 60 pounds. No elevator, Dracula.

(Translated by Andreea Denisa Dinu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 January 2023, the group has 10,220 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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