As a former sexual, epistemological, and metaphorical partner of a better-off cousin of the true Soothsayer, my predictions are so-and-so; that means that they may or may not come true. I can ward off winter bills, extract silver coins from a living person and, for a fee, imitate Vadim. Damned midget. Pardon my French, I got carried away. I have a mystical soul and a euphemistic mind. And I'm also good in bed; no matter how good you are, I can always stay in bed for one more hour. I haven't heard any complaints about me in bed, \'cause I'm almost deaf.

(Translated by Lucia-Alexandra Brînaru-Mitrofan / 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 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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