The wedding was in full swing and everybody was having a great time. The bride had been stolen and the groom had paid a pretty penny for her ransom. His parents-in-law were really happy they were marrying their last daughter, they had five. I was saying that everybody was having a great time, but it seemed however that there was someone that wasn't. And that was the bride herself. She had danced with everybody, smiling left and right, but the smile wasn't hers. At one point, the groom saw her no more. She had vanished into thin air. And from that moment on, the groom lived happily ever after.

(Translated by Paula-Silvia Codescu / 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 March 2021, the group has 4.500 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 almost daily. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.

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