Let's make pickles. Go and get the green tomatoes and cucumbers. Also take large jars. I complied, I went, I took them. Go get Pickle Fix packets too. I would say six, she would say four. I went, I took them. Technological process, time and then sourness with hysterics. We don't have enough Fix packets, haven't you thought about that? Go get two more quick, now. I went and got it. They turned out excellent. I was no longer in the mood for pickles and their sourness. They stayed in the pantry all winter. And I got divorced in the spring.  

(Translated by Medeea Alexandra Stan / 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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