If you want to be the money boss and the women lover, there are three golden rules. The first is to be sure of yourself. That women sense right away if you're rag and you've got it small, they have their intuitions. The second is don't lie when you're bragging, she gets it, unless she's really a complete fool, in which case you might as well have a drink. And the third rule is that if a woman doesn't feel special when she's around you,in vain you are rich like Tiriac, or your thing is as big as Terente's, it doesn't stick. If you want it to stick, of course. If not, stick with the imaginary, because lovers come and go.
(Translated by Cosmina-Florentina Ciobanu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected 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 March 2023, the group has 10,790 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, Luchian Abel, and Vlad Mușat. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)
Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.