Sour meatball soup with cabbage juice. French fries with garlic. Pork neck. Red wine, let it be dry. Cola. Chocolate and cream cake. Should I add a salad? Only if I live 48 hours. I will call my friends and family to tell them I love them and I will have a discussion with the priest. I will read a book of poetry and listen to Tom Waits. Lucreția, yes, I put her on the list. How fast time has passed. Who's ringing the doorbell at this hour? Do you have 5 minutes to talk about the Lord? I have all the time in the world.

(Translated by Diana Stănescu / 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 May 2022, the group has 8,350 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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