11.05.2021

Mixing the minced meat with garlic, eggs and herbs: Yo, this neighbor lady is killing me with her superstitions. Do not take the trash out in the evening or you'll be poor for 5lives, don't spill the salt, or you'll eat unsalted food for 100 years; don't cross the path of a black cat, because it brings bad luck. Meantime, she finished the mixture, the meatballs are shaped on the plate, the oil is heated. You must be very stupid to believe any of this nonsense. Check out the meatballs, how many do we have? 13. 13? Bring the dog and give it one, poor thing.

(Translated by Iulia-Teodora Urea / 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 2021, the group has 5.600 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, setting their texts within the limit of 500 symbols (in Romanian language, so in English the limit might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise with an almost daily changed topic. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, Răzvan Penescu, 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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