I felt like eating dumpling soup for lunch - I hadn't had one since I used to see my mother. But they didn't have dumpling soup on the menu so I had to make do with a cream soup and the company of one of the two nice guys in the PR department. He had told me about some really good wine so I asked him to join me at the gym hoping we would have a drink together afterwards from the new pub on the 40th floor. Don't you feel like getting away from here? He looked a bit sad and, for a second, I could relate to him. I had felt the same a long time ago. You'll get over this feeling, I replied. You've got everything you need here.
(Translated by Elena Florea / 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 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.