I thought I'd perfect my cooking skills so I went to a traditional dish cooking contest. We were told to present a dish of choice, with the vegetable indicated by the jury as star ingredient. I got leek so I decided I would reinterpret my grandma's leek stew, by adding rabbit meat and olives. The leek and rabbit might have been plain on the plain but they slayed on the plate. I'd say I made a pretty posh presentation: although you don't like jazz, leave it to leeks to give you some pizazz. Now music, maestro. After that came a storm. Of applause.

(Translated by Monica-Andreea Gaman / 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 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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