When I was a tiny little girl and I was unable to say the letter r. I had discovered a drink that I used to call it affectionately little blandy. Made of plums. But, pay attention, it was good only with sugal. As my grandparents had the experience of living with a notorious drunkard, God forgive Baba they were careful to keep the blandy under keylock. While they were in the fields with the wagon, so that I would not tell on her how she opened the lock from the good chamber where the sugal bag was located, Baba thought of offering me booze as if I were an adult. We got both drunk and I confessed everything afterwards.

(Translated by Raluca Simion / 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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