09.06.2021
Greuceana could carry two boxes of water at once from the supermarket. She could replace her sink's faucet all by herself and on multiple occasions made some ogres flee for trying to steal from her purse. Sânzian was the youngest of the brothers, and The Red Emperor promised him in marriage to whoever could pay the apartment rent for 30 years. Despite all of this, the father was unyielding until Greuceana proved herself capable by repairing the electrical outlets, unclogging the pipes and plastering the walls in case of a flood.

(Translated by Jin Cristian Yang / 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.

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