To go under the knife a stag and return a sow, that's just nonsense. Such embarrassment was unprecedented in the entire history of your colonel of a father's lineage. How can you say you feel like a woman with what you have in your pants? No way. I made you a boy and a boy I'll bury you, and for that blasphemous thought it's time to change things around here. Cosmin, who now goes by Cosmina, studied medicine. She was the only heir to the family, and at their insistence, enrolled in the military, because healers were needed on the front. She came back not a man, but a flag.

(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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