I will be allowed to eat savarins and chocolate cake? Chicken pulps, schnitzels, forcemeat rolls in vine leaves and grilled ribs? Sesame pretzels and small loaves of steaming bread spread with butter? Peanut jam and orange sherbet? Anything of that? Are you serious? Absolutely anything you want to eat. And without tricks like after I eat a peanut I have to hit the gym for 5 hours? Without. You can do absolutely anything that you want. And what did you say your name was again? Lucifer, but you can call me however you want.

(Translated by Diana Stănescu / 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 August 2021, the group has 7.000 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 every few days. 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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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