Mommy's girl, do you say you're okay? I'm fine, Mom. The girls in the room are nice, they share the hair dryer and the immersion heater with me. And the colleagues? Ehh, let's just say I've had an accent, especially in English classes and they make fun of me for it, but I don't get upset. Is the food in the canteen good? It's good, but I can't get there very often. I make my own soup, but it's magical. How is it magical? Well, it's at the Envelope - you put hot water and boom, soup. An envelope with soup? That doesn't exist. Yes, Mother - that's what all the children do here. That's it, I'm sending a package tomorrow. An envelope with soup; the devil knows what's in it.

(Translated by Otilia Mocanu / 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 October 2021, the group has 7.275 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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