Sile the Butcher had received fresh meat and was very proud that he had become a vegan. Early in the morning they set to work cutting up the legs of the camel and the back of the sperm whale to make it steak. Tired of too much hacking and chopping, he took a break when his wife brought him broccoli soup with licorice and puffed rice. Listen Sile, weren't you arguing with Matache? I was, why? He has just called asking if you had any spare meat for him, for he's run out. I'll give him plenty of meat, tell him I've got 30 donkey butt holes left.

(Translated by Florina Șamata / 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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