Because he was a chef, he couldn't stop confessing his love to his girlfriend in a culinary sense. 'I crave you', he spicily whispered to her each night. He would then nibble at her lips, while kneading her breasts and broiling her thighs. 'You're delicious', he concluded in ecstasy before falling asleep. In the morning he woke her up with a gourmet 'I can never get enough of you', and at noon he sliced her with sweetness and spice. Today she suddenly left him. She felt chewed down to the bone. She wanted her flesh back. Now she is zen, and he is on a diet.

(Translated by Ioana Diana Sandu / 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 December 2021, the group has 7.750 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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