You know those ladies at the market, the dairy section. Sweethearts. Each of them wants to let you taste her cheese. Honest women. Always on the ball. They have some small pieces already cut on a bigger piece that sits in a kind of failed tetris and then, on the tip of the knife, another piece with which they timidly lure you. Take it, young lady. Have a taste. Both salty and sweet we have. And a little smoked as well. Take it, no need to be shy, take it. Shame? I'll take it, why wouldn't I. Come on, ladies, come on. 3, 2, 1, go: all cheeses up.

(Translated by Oana Dicilea / 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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