Our cooperative's external partners were very careful when we visited them. They offered us the best conditions in luxurious hotels and we were treated with all the local specialities. Somewhere in the Orient, at the end of the hall, there was an unnumbered room that always seemed to be occupied. One evening, having a drink with colleagues in my room, one said he would eat grapes. Twenty minutes later a nice gentleman knocked on the door and asked if we didn't want grapes. Such care and hospitality I have almost never seen.

(Translated by Angelica Ioana Curcan / 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 April 2023, the group has 11,000 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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