Good evening, mother-in-law, I got back from work, yes, I'm tired, today I laid tiles in 3 kitchens. I was thinking of asking if you need anything. Maybe you cooked something, at least take out the trash for you. You've cooked, mhm, meatball soup, baked potatoes with pork neck and homemade bread. See, I knew it. Your daughter? She's at the sauna. Yesss. She also cooked. I'm translating the drawing on the fridge for you: My love, I made rhubarb salad with avocado. What the hell is that? That's what I said. Heat up the soup, I'll be there in 10 minutes. I'm bringing 2 cold beers.

(Translated by Mălina Ioana Butaru / 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 September 2022, the group has 9,250 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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