Come on, said the father-in-law poking him. It's time to carry her across the threshold. Proud as a peacock, the groom lifted her up. Small, cramped and thin, he was panting like a beast of burden. She, tall and robust (broad shoulders, even body and two stumps as legs), looked at him as if she wanted to swallow him. Then she grabbed him like he was a bale and plunked him in a puddle. A night before it had rained cats and dogs. A burst of laughter filled the yard. His father-in-law, stunned at the beginning, screamed at the musicians: Ya' lads, sing a beated!

(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 every few days. 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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