When I slam into her cart with the lawnmower, you take her shovel. It didn't match her shoes anyway. Then you run to the stainless steel pots and grab one with a double bottom. One pot, Andrew, one pot. Don't grin like you're at the dentist. I will triple toe loop my way to the removable handle pans aisle. Like your mom's lemur tail. I didn't say the lemur can live without a tail. Stop grinning. Now throw me over the baking sheets so I can grab the last blender. And he threw her. He was grinning. He was gonna find a double bottom pot for sure.

(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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