Petrică couldn't stand olives, so he threw them over his shoulder. One fell in the bridesmaid's cleavage, at which the groom was staring, who was seen by the bride, who gave him two smacks behind the head, tipping him over. He stepped on the mother-in-law's shawl, revealing her chubby arms, and the tape holding her neck smooth was now showing. She fainted in embarrassment on table covered in appetizers, table that broke in half. And the priest came out from under it.

(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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