The Mall is almost empty. It is a late evening. An escalator goes up slowly. There is only Petrinel standing on it. He's still and he's staring at nothing. He's thinking again and again of what he should buy for Dorina. It is hard to take somebody by surprise, every time, after thirty-seven years of marriage. Suddenly his eyes lit up. Epiphany. He smiles. He arrives at home and he gives her a cheese puff. Dorina knows she is his cheese puff and she asks him: yo, should I eat it, Petrinel? Dorina, don't eat it, because you only cook my goose, and if you eat our love too there will only be left the shit between us.

(Translated by Diana-Maria Croitoru / 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 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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