Ionela, the madwoman of the village, had been raped at the age of 12 by mayor Vasile, also called Uncle Vasile. A file was cobbled together so people won't talk, but the whole village looked mockingly at Ionela, since most of them needed the mayor. Because Ionela had a stutter and couldn't explain what really happened, the prosecutor slapped her across the face so that she could learn her lesson and stop tempting serious family men. With the pen he wrote clearly that Ionela had not only consented, but actually asked for it. Stay healthy, Uncle Vasile.

(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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