I have several but this one beats them all. I'm a perfectionist. Some say it's more of a mental illness. Everything has to be in place. In my house, if I see one thing out of place, all hell breaks loose. Yesterday I made stuffed peppers. I went to work and when I came back, lo and behold, the fork the husband had been eating with was put together with the spoons. I was raging. Good thing he wasn't home. I pulled out all the silverware and set it up. I'm making soup tomorrow. If I find the spoon in the wrong place, I'm getting a divorce.
(Translated by Bianca-Maria Marinescu / 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.