Come here, darling, with your oxyacetylene wit. Your sweet mother's about to get home from the train station, and the brûlée isn't ready yet. Of course, next to those mashed potatoes, with my medium rare liver, your pickled mother will work wonderful. I, for one, say that life with you is like mexican food, steam is coming out of me through every orifice and the roof of my mouth is constantly burning, it's healthy like fast food and shwarma. Yes, mother-in-law, I made it, out of the grapes I came to pick, that's why it's so green. Paris.

(Translated by Constantin Istrate / 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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