Uncle Andrew's life was intertwined with the vine. In the spring he would cut the stems for fruiting, and in the autumn he would pick the sweet bunches, heavy due to the sun, from which he made a liqueur wine, suitable to befriend with a little soda on hot summer evenings. He was a war veteran, and had only one eye left. He was a health nut and also very funny. He only suffered from kidney stones. When the doctor explained that the stones had formed from the lime-rich water, the uncle looked askew at him and said: Impossible. I'm afraid of water. I only drink wine.
(Translated by Anca Cristina Ilie / 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 May 2021, the group has 6.400 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.