We made cabbage rolls as alms for grandfather. Mom, the dead don't eat anymore. Of course they do. They eat light. The light does not compare with these cabbage rolls, I even added smoked ham in them. Yuck, maybe grandfather became vegan on the other side. He ate meat all his life and now eats broccoli from Heaven's gardens. I can imagine Saint Peter saying: Gheorghe, you received a cabbage rolls package. Like in prison. I'm not eating meat anymore, Peter. Someone has to eat cabbage rolls on the other side. We'll eat them until then.

(Translated by Diana Pașcanu / 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 February 2023, the group has 10,500 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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