My grandparents loved each other like in the fairytales, just like this. He, a bastard child, was a servant in my great-grandfather's household, a rich villager. She was the youngest of the kulak's daughters, and the most beautiful of them all. They run away in the city to be together. They loved each other beautifully, easily, they built a house and had seven children, but only three of them survived. She was the first to leave this world, at an old age. He showered her bony and wrinkled body in his tears, lingering over her womb, thanking her for making him a whole man, a father.

(Translated by Diana-Maria Croitoru / 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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