Listen here, stop moving in that chairas if you're having a scratch somewhere and you can't get rid of it: go to the woman who gave you the bag of herbs, and what do you call this one? See what it says on this green paper. Pure essential oil of frankincense, said the little duchess excitedly. That one, yes, you pay what it costs and it works like a charm. Every evening, you fill the bathtub with warm water, put a spoonful of herbs in it and stand under the water with the parts you want to get smaller, the parts you want to get bigger, you anoint with the oil. You also keep your nose under water, yes.

(Translated by Luciana-Maria Buruiană / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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.

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