The boy kneeled; do you want to be my wife? Yes. That's how the kids started the game that day. He had prepared a ring of a can of cola for her. She wore a dandelion crown on her head. They were beautiful and innocent as all brides are. The story took place behind the block under an old linden tree. He had seen and heard much about the tree in his life, but he had never seen a greater beauty. They took each other hands and went to the kiosk to get their candy. It didn't last 24 hours but it was a beautiful marriage. A blade of wind blew through the flowering linden tree.

(Translated by Elena Crețu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 September 2021, the group has 7.150 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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