I brought you a bay flower. I garnished it with dill, horseradish, thyme. You have salt and pepper in the bag. You can also find cucumbers or green tomatoes there. I guess. We have prepared everything you need for your famous pickles. And when they're ready, give some to HIM too. If he likes them, send me a ray of Light at night. To kiss my waiting. I will fall on my knees, fill my fists with clay and beg him to give you a moment of grace. Just a moment from the infinity you will have with him. One second for a goodbye.   

(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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