I won't go, father, to jail for life only for one night of yearning. I don't want her more than I already had it. However, on first Sunday in May, the village dressed John with white, sawed shirt and drove him on his last walk of virginity. There, by the church, they surrounded and spoke the words in the same time as he, and when he didn't want to say anymore, the village spoke in its place, and the pope consecrated. The bride started to cry and old ladies which pervaded all in life and death they grinned: she is crying because her first night has passed.

(Translated by Laura-Elena Dobrin / 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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