I'll write it down here, that you don't want to be together anymore, you two swear that it's true, shake each other's hands, and it's done, you're divorced, proclaimed the five-year-old judge, behind the barn, where a law court had been built out of cobs. But the two kids don't move an inch, they share dumbfounded looks for a second, then run together to play, laughing, because no court of law in the world can, for now, separate them. They were merely trying to understand the sharp edge of the declaration of war named "divorce" that their parents used to kill each other, when they no longer knew how to live for one another.

(Translated by Cristina-Bianca Ion / 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 July 2021, the group has 6.800 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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