I was round the yard, sweetie. Of course dear, granny will make you some. Grandpa says hello as well, he's around, he dropped a hatchet on his finger and the nail fell off, but he's fine dear. So, some blackberry wine. Not that? Jam, dear, granny will make some blackberry jam. Not jam? Pickles, yes, dear. Granny loves you. A few seconds pass and I can still hear her, she doesn't know how to hang up the phone. Listen, Minică, the girl wants some blackberry wine. Or was it jam? Pickles. Stop grumbling, we'll just make all of \'em. Do you remember how to make blackberry wine? Goddamn this Alzheimer to hell and back.

(Translated by Bianca-Maria Ciucașu / 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 January 2023, the group has 10,220 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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