A weight loss recipe. I will start riding. I really like this sport, because it doesn't require much effort and in addition it has no restrictions on food and drink. What do I eat? I'm telling you now. I serve a bacon omelette with five chicken eggs for breakfast. At lunch, the portion was larger: six dishes, soup, moussaka, meatballs and a pink steak. For dessert, an ice cream and a pancake-syrup. Dinner is not very rich: just an assorted pizza. After 40 days, we will lose about 10 pounds. It's average, of course: I'm getting fat - the horse is losing weight.

(Translated by Laura-Elena Dobrin / 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 January 2022, the group has 7.830 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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