Sparks, milk, honey and smoke, a ton a day, checked. Accusations and apologies, a daily quintal. Cat-and-mouse games, oh, countless. Love masks, empty words, heart shaped confetti, stardust (or a feeling of longing), all of them endless, thoroughly checked. This is the recipe for the end of the world. Bake at high heat and taste it uncooled, yeah, it seems that it still needs something for the taste to remain attached to your brain, like salt in food. But all I can find in the drawers is just old passion that has already dried up, and the onions refuse to get involved into this.

(Translated by Georgiana Morozii / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 December 2022, the group has 9,880 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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