Hanna whispered to her mother, who motioned for her to be silent. The trampling of the boots was approaching. From two jabs, she saw the hem of the dress. You didn't take anything with you, did you? the soldier growled, and they nodded. The crowded wagon stinking like sweat and fear. It will be fine, moja dziecko. Yes, it will be fine, the girl repeats, we will meet papa soon, matka certainly sewed pearls into the dress to pay the Germans. Before entering the bathroom, the woman ripped the hem, gave the girl a pill, she swallowed another one and they escaped from all the prisons.

(Translated by Alina-Mihaela Burciu / 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 August 2021, the group has 7.000 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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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