Don't forget, cabbage does not sit well with my son, but he loves stuffed cabbage rolls. And give him soup every day, because ever since he was little he had constipation problems. So do what I am saying. If you don't know how, call me, cause he is really sensitive. He gets tummy troubles immediately. He was like this since he was little. That's how you take care of a man, with a full menu. I look over to my father-in-law, slouched in the armchair. With his hands on his huge belly and with his eyes closed looking content. He lets out a subtle sigh. Content? He seems bloated to me.

(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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