Chocolate and a first kiss. Popcorn and nachos from Movieplex. KFC without garlic sauce. Beef soup at Buşteni. Your favourite cake made by your mom and potato salad made by my mom for the 2012 New Year's Eve. My first cooked surprise. With an instant sauce from a jar. Your first steak. You are better at this than me. Then at the same time: peas, pie, soup, risotto, pancakes, chicken with mashed potatoes, tiramisu. FoodPanda, Glovo, Uber Eats. Now we only eat salad. But we have souls of fat kids.

(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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