What the hell are you doing there? I inquired Jean-Louis in a daze, who was fiddling with a fingernail clipper and a T-shirt. Léa gave me this present, which I suspect she spent a lot of money on, and I don't dare throw it away, lest I upset her, and for ecological reasons. The Hugo Boss logo is not woven or embroidered, but appliquéd, so I can get rid of the symbol of shame, Nazi collaborationism and forced labour, all whitewashed through marketing techniques. He resumes his unpicking, grumbling under his breath. Jean-Louis is a history teacher.
It was cold in the tailor shop. The window shutters were flimsy, the wind was making its way through unimpeded. Hugo was cutting out a coat pattern. This winter will pass, he thought. The door slammed against the wall. Strauss, a leading member of the Wehrmacht, entered, accompanied by two henchmen. Herr Boss, we have a proposition for you. We need uniforms. Somehow this winter will pass, Hugo thought and silently lit a cigarette. After all, I am a tailor. Someone has to make uniforms too, he told himself.
Andreea Mihaela Murariu Moldovanu
Get yourself one that resembles you, that's what my mom used to wish for me when I wouldn't touch my food for a variety of absurd reasons. And I got myself one. The chicken breast has a peel. Peas, if they were good, wouldn't sound like pee, liver is made of puppy meat and should be loved, not eaten with garlic, that he was sick of mămăligă and wanted tătăligă, so Daddy wouldn't get up. His food would tumble around in his stomach in PE class. He demanded crème brûlée from me. He says it will have a tan.
 In Romanian the word for cooked liver contains the same string of letters as the word for puppies, thus the misunderstanding that the liver is made of puppy meat.
The Romanian word "mămăligă" (a traditional food akin to polenta) sounds as if it contains the word for mother, thus the child's desire to have a food that doesn't upset his father.
(Translated by Adriana-Maria Botea / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 July 2023, the group has 11,540 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.