Her eyes were dripping on her friend's future husband. Are you marrying him? He's the thirteenth. It will be bad luck. And, what do you suggest? Find another one, you know, fast. You mean, like, cheat on him? No, just make him the fourteenth. Her friend listens to her, she is caught in the act, not in vain was the devil in it, and she gets married with the thirteenth. At the wedding, the traitor, in a desperate leap to catch the bouquet and her friend's ex, falls with her eyes in two toothpicks stuck in meatballs. And they start to drip. Tough luck.

(Translated by Andreea Zofotă / 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 April 2021, the group has 5.600 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, Răzvan Penescu, 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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