Stuffed cabbage rolls? Do you know how to make them? Which one? Wrapped in grapevine leaves or pickled cabbage leaves? Vegan dish maybe? George doesn't really like those vegan dishes, but he may ask for as is a man of lusty appetite, mummy's boy. But do you know how to wash the clothes? By hand, because sometimes the washing machine is not working. But I'm looking at your nails so, I don't really think you know. And coffee, do you know how to make coffee? In the morning, I bring him coffee milk in bed, just a way to spoil my baby boy. That's how I raised him. A croissant and a coffee in the morning, brought to bed, for he is my baby boy. How can he do that for you?
(Translated by Iuliana Boruga Danciu / 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.