That's all he knew, that the Lord had kneaded him like a bread and put him to bake in his mother's womb, but she didn't want him because she wasn't wanted by the one she loved either. She made him and went about her business. His old man stayed. He was a baker, and he broke bread like Jesus. He used to sharpen his teeth with a knife to do the lesson his teacher gave him all day long, except for Sundays, and he'd get him gingerbread from the market. When the time comes, he'll go off on his own deal, too, so he can come back a doctor and break bread. Like his old man.

(Translated by Oana Irina Oprea / 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 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.

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