"Hello, I wanna order something." "Of course, I would recommend starting with a sour and spicy No Lik soup. Then you could have Yu Shi To noodles or Ay Kut Yu pork or Yu Don Sai chicken with vegetables or Yu Jerk beef with Yu Tu rice." "Wait bro, what are you doing, reading the grill instructions? Don't you have some shawarma? Which restaurant is this, I choose at random from the google" "Shanghai online." " You fucking chin-chong, write the hell in English, so people would understand, damn you with your Mac Donaldu. I'm good with just the alcohol."

(Translated by Andreea-Simona Trufin / 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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