How did I come across such unskilled women in the kitchen? the Husband groaned, slicing the pineapple, not dicing it, as the Wife had started. She sat down again at the game table, whispering with a laugh to her brother-in-law: Sample of what I'm going through every day. He is very lucky to have someone with my temper.
If I hadn't cooked, we would only eat yoghurt and corn puffs, heard the Sister-in-law, returning from smoking shaking with cold. What's got into him? she asked worriedly. He said that your sister isn't skilled in the kitchen. I'm not skilled in the kitchen, just in bed, his wife said with a calm smile. That's right, the brother-in-law grinned, his eyes on the game board.

(Translated by Ecaterina Buşe / 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 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.

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