Some like jazz, others like gas, some only the stove, others Mihai Viteazu', I like Nea Mărin, so obviously I like leeks, being born in Leekland. I like it so much that when I want to flirt with you I ask if you would be interested in a Leekfix & Chill. I season leeks with just about anything. Pancakes, cheese donuts, weddings, christenings, photo sessions, vacations. Kind of obsessive compulsive leek person. I don't need to use the present perfect simple because the smell comes before I speak. Don't you like it? Buzz off.

(Translated by Elena Patricia Măroiu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. dr. Nadina Vișan / Edited 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 October 2022, the group has 9,400 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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