I'm a dealer of cloned feelings. I am all for fake it till you make it till I get it done. I stalk depressives and oversell them jokes that aren't mine. Business is booming. I do my best work at funerals. And sexagenarian book clubs. Abandoned or not. As soon as I see a tear, I immediately crack a fake smile and recite a kitschy poem. They also call me the Merry Plagiarist. But the money keeps coming, since the pretty lie beats the painful truth. Don't be sad, he still loves you. Only you.

(Translated by Angelica Ioana Curcan / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. Eliana Ionoaia / 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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