At the first Long lasting marriage she passed out. A long time ago, a vigorous man wanted to win her heroically. He saw a quiet boulder on the beach, grabbed it and threw it at her, like it was a dove. In theory, the rock would trace a rainbow arch above her and take the sea by surprise. In practice, the hero was bony and he miscalculated. The asteroid was heavy, the distance short. The rainbow arch turned into a cannonball trajectory. Bang! No, it didn't hit her. It touched her locks and fell one mm away from her leg. She passed out. They've been together for 30 years.
(Translated by Alexandra Lica / 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.