My ex-girlfriend wrote a cookbook for millennials. She called it Cook with me in the evening - recipes to make at home in just a few seconds. The recipes were delicious. And quite diversified. They all sounded like this. Download a home food delivery app. Choose from the menu (follow by the dish). The order is placed. Wait 25-30 minutes. It gets picked up from the delivery man. Open the bag. Dish the food. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve, preferably immediately.

(Translated by Monica-Andreea Gaman / 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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