An only dish to eat throughout all your existence, without getting fat, without having an insufficiency of vitamins and minerals necessary for a healthy and good life, and without feeling sick - that is what I will revolutionize the food industry with, and, at the same time, will have an impact on everybody's lives. Because I'm very close to reaching this goal, which began with an exercise of gourmandism and imagination, I want to let you know that from now on and until forever, you'll all eat cherry sponge cake for the rest of your lives.

(Translated by Alexandr Cotar / 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, 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, 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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