Yellow crumb cake, full of walnut and Turkish delight with oranges. Cookies pressed down in the middle with your finger until a dimple forms, which you sweetly fill with apricot jam. Cabbage rolls in yellowish pickled cabbage stained with tomato juice. Oranges and polished walnuts. Browned pretzels and rum-cooked cakes, neither golden nor brown. A Christmas tree with red-yellow lights, glowing orange all over the room, even outside the windows, towards the neighbours. A wine the colour of amber. Hair, freshly cut and dyed, by mistake, carrot. Celebration.

(Translated by Delia-Maria Cocoș / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected 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 March 2023, the group has 10,790 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, Luchian Abel, and Vlad Mușat. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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