On my last day in Paris, I wanted to cook a special dish for my daughter, but an important ingredient was missing from the kitchen. Lucky that there is an Auchan on the corner of the street. I rummaged through the shelves but couldn't find what I needed. I called a saleswoman: Hello, madam, u e là raion avec là sauce de sóia? The woman's eyes widened. I insisted, with such French gestures and words, until she understood: a, soiá. She took my hand and led me to the shelf. I think she was a foreigner, her eyes were too slanted.

(Translated by Andreea-Alexandra Șerbănescu / 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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