Anca, dinner. It could be heard from the third floor of a tower block over the whole neighborhood. What are we eating, I asked from downstairs for fear that the neighbors would be curious. I've got creamed sugar and mashed potatoes in the oven. Come on up. When I walked in, I'd see the same white bowl of steaming parsnip soup and the cornerless bread waiting for me on the table. I got tricked again. I should have known. For two weeks we've had it in puree and schnitzel and no crème brûlée. But now, when all I eat is sushi and KFC, I would like some soup.

(temă în parteneriat cu Ideo Ideis, 2022)

(Translated by Liliana Popescu / 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 August 2022, the group has 9,000 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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