At the first date we ate sushi. At the second, I made her shakshuka, some sort of vegetable stew with hummus. Before she told me she loved me for the first time, I was biting into a burger. The first serious fight started because of some pasta. When we started travelling, we tried tagine with lamb and snails. When I asked her to marry me, she almost choked on a sausage. On our honeymoon, we devoured seafood. Ever since we came back from holiday, a week ago to be precise, we have been eating pate.

(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, 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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