As soon as some guy seems to get close, tries to get in my life and soul, boom, I throw a fistful of rock salt in his face. Doesn't give up and keeps trying? Ffffflush, a bucket of boiling water. And to get it through his skull that he wouldn't want to be here, I can also whip him a bit with some dried herbs: go on, turn back, run for the hills, there's nothing for you here. When I'm not careful and I forget to strengthen the wall, a homey, tasteful aroma wafts out and lures them in, but most of them don't pay attention. I know how to sour their opinion.

(Translated by Bianca-Maria Ciucașu / 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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