Mount another brain on them. Another? Yes, another one. But what was wrong with the first one? They soaked it in alcohol. And then? And they scattered it on the ground. Each other? That's right. Horrible. You wouldn't want to see it. There was brain everywhere. From alcohol? From stupidity. And now they want another one? Yes. I told you it's hard to mount it. You told me. It's flabby and it doesn't stay that way. What should I do, catch it in the screws? Put it in something else. Wait. What is this? What you ordered: brain with caper sauce and cream, mounted in a basket of corn and parmesan.

(Translated by Ana-Maria Muşetescu / 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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