Cheese and tomatoes. Little Romanian sausages and mustard. Duck and cabbage. Beans and stalks. Strawberries and cream. Walnut and chocolate. Butter and toast. Onion and smoked ham. Hamburger and french fries. Fish and polenta. Grilled meat and garlic sauce. Milk and cereals. Pancakes and jam. Spinach and eggs. Chicken soup and parsley. Beet root and horseradish. Pizza and ketchup. Lava cake and ice cream. Steak and mashed potatoes. Donuts and vanilla sugar. I hope it was good lunch.

(Translated by Anca Cristina Ilie / 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 March 2022, the group has 8,050 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 every few days. 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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