A chocolate cake, nine amandine cakes, eight different chocolates, four eclairs. That's all I want for my birthday, grandma. Well, what are you going to do with so much chocolate? It will stick to your guts, they're all get sticky. No, I'll give you and grandpa a little. Dear, when I was young, I used to love chocolate too, but as the years went by, I'm more into jam. An apple, a pear, the branches are full in the garden. Grandma, but why don't chocolate grow in trees, as fruits do? Oh, that's exactly what's missing. The Lord knows what to do.

(Translated by Ana Spînu / 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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