The wedding has been arranged before the bride and groom were even born. The families had to be united, each only had one child, of opposite genders - of course, we are in Middle Ages. The groom enters the church holding the hand of his bride. His face was slightly slouchy: probably because of the drunkenness from the bachelor's party, probably because the priest had suddenly died and this giddy youngling replaced him. Everyone stilled when the child-bride was picked up and submerged in water three times. Baptism, he though. For a 3-year-old.

(Translated by Ioana Grigoruţă / 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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