Mrs. C didn't know how to cook but the pandemic started. Her first orach spinach soup, her first broccoli cream soup, her first fried chicken drumsticks, they all turned up to be so tasty that her husband only wanted her in the kitchen. One day they woke up with a fancier craving and decided to haunt a pheasant in the Văcăreşti Delta. They never came back, the quarantine ended, same thing happened to the love. The only thing left were their statements that they are both going to the hypermarket.

(Translated by Nina Iulia Tufă / 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 May 2021, the group has 6.400 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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