Well, damn it all to hell, this is straight-out outrageous, Vlad said to himself angrily. It was the tenth supermarket he was visiting already and he still couldn't find the things his wife wrote down on the shopping list. I know she's mad at me. Cause I sit on the couch all day playing video games while she's breaking her back at her four jobs. That's precisely why she told me: if you can't find everything on this list, then, please, don't come back home. But for real now, where the fuck am I supposed to find seedless strawberries, bio seafood hummus, and watermelon-flavoured cheese?

(Translated by Cristina-Bianca Ion / 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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