Nastasie, listen to me, your father may not have had good education, but he was not stupid. He knew the man. He told me since he saw this little guy playing in the field. That guy is not one of us, Fănico. Just look at what a fierce expression he has and you will immediately understand that he's one of Pricopsâtu's. He caught this idiot of ours and messed around with her on the back side of the vineyard, during harvest time. Just don't tell her husband since he's even dumber. You don't have to hide from me, I didn't tell him, you know. He ain't a lovechild, Nastasie, he's a wheatchild.

(Translated by Diana Paşcanu / 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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