to the third table, please. Mr Dunoel, having been the chief waiter for a lifetime, perhaps even his own, had never heard of such a thing, but he was not at a loss of wars, sorry, words. He simply ordered. Prepare swiftly a plate with baked pumpkin, emptied of the entrails and filled with 43 candied apricots, drowned in orange juice, all guarded by well cooked carrots, plenty of saffron on top and oh, for a stain of another color, three strands of basil, what a wonder, good appetite and please come tomorrow as well, we have a kind of red so good that you will be licking your wife's lips.

(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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