I have culinary dyslexia. I always mix up the orders when I read the menu. I took another waiter hostage today. Chocolate beans and pork with ice-cream, please. Sorry. I'd better get some tripe pasta and bolognese soup. No, no. A pint of coffee and beer with whipped cream. I mean coffee with beer and a pint of whipped cream. Did I say coffee? Not coffee, toffee. A pint of toffee coffee. Fresh cabbage juice and oranges with polenta. Help! A vanilla pork neck steak and an eclair with garlic sauce. To hell with the menu. A fully loaded shawarma. Victory.

(Translated by Ioana Diana Sandu / 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 July 2021, the group has 6.800 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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