The first therapy session of the unsuccessful pickles. The bell pepper, visibly softened, seeds visible, speaks first. I don't know what happened to me, it's sadder that she doesn't either. Cauliflower starts to cry, the cabbage neighbour, empathetic, picks up a leaf and puts it on her shoulder, sister, everything passes, we are from the same barrel. At these words, the hot pepper, feeling hot, rises and opens all the windows. Dill tries to say something but dilly-dallies. The garlic scratches his head, well, I'm the star anyway so I said nothing.   

(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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