Hey, is the garden free tonight? Mate, no one comes on Thursday, how many seats should the table have? 26 seats, and add 4 more, for backup. Are you that many? There are actually 13 of us, but we're sitting on the same side of the table for the picture. Oh, I see. Anything to eat or drink? Bread and wine. Plates? No, just a cup. The bill? 30 pennies. Some of them promised that they would give it to me, I'll have it sorted out by evening. And the reservation? We'll see if they'll show up, there will be 2 Jews, Anna, and Caiaphas, and 2 Romans, Pilate and Longinus, but they have doubts. Women, anything? Yes there'll be a few, but they'll come after, and they'll be kneeling.

(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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