Clementine thought quickly: the girls are coming to visit. I will treat them with an appetizer, a steak, romanian cabbage rolls and a coffee. What if the girls are 80 too? Treatment is treatment. Oh, girls, did you come? Let me treat you with something. What did I say I was treating them with? A salad and? Oh, a coffee. And then she got the coffee. Then she felt there was something else. She remembered: salad and a coffee. The second coffee came. Then she felt again: a salad and? Ah, yes, a coffee. In the street, the girls looked at each other and said: what a girl, this Clementine. She didn't even treat us to a coffee.
(Translated by Ioana Negrea / 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 February 2022, the group has 7,950 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.