Inside the bistro there were hanged some blood tear shaped lamps. At the bar only red drinks were exposed. In the daily menu were always present the bruschetta with mettwurst, the Indian omelet with tomatoes, the blood sausage and steak tartar, all the spices on the edge of excess. You would get a free Scarlett O'Hara cocktail based on blueberries if you ordered one with raw eggs. The walls were doubled with glass tubes through which there was constantly flowing a crimson plasma. That was the bar from where I took you out by the hair.
(Translated by Camelia Băluţă / 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 January 2021, the group has 3.000 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 almost daily. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)
*Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.