They sipped their glasses full of colourful liqueurs in the company of young girls who caressed them and lured them to their rooms. Willy politely declined, even though innocent young girls were walking in front of him. Some gave him their virginity for a few hundred euros. He wanted to run away from that cursed place, but the owner didn't understand his refusal. Then he told him he knew what he was looking for. Out of a nicely wrapped box came a little girl aged six or seven, wearing a bright red garter belt and a brightly coloured make-up. She's fresh, now delivered to us by her parents.

(Translated by Angelica Ioana Curcan / 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 April 2023, the group has 11,000 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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