I'm going to my great-grandmother. She's agitated. What happened? We need to get ready. I married Arşinel. He looked at me through the window and asked me, he says, pointing to the TV. I don't like it, but I was ashamed to say no. Men do not refuse. Mom, I have the solution. We're closing the window, do you want to? She approves happily. I turn off the TV, unplug the cable, and leave her alone. The next day I go again. He's with a doily on his head. I didn't escape, you know. The bastard insists. He called me on the phone, she says resignedly waving the remote control.
(Translated by Bianca Dumitru / 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 June 2021, the group has 6.650 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.