The Last Supper had no waiters. Try to respect the biblical truth, otherwise you won't have a clientele. Change this, you're completely amiss. This is the girl with pearl earring, not the girl with a piercing. What's your last work? Come on, don't be shy. It can't get any worse. Mio Dio. Arche-smile? More like arche-grin. Da Vinci must be turning in his grave. Giacomo, if I were you, I'd stop with the replicas. You should try postmodernism, pal. A red square, two yellow stripes, you know what I mean?

(Translated by Andreea-Simona Trufin / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 September 2021, the group has 7.150 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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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