I understand that the probationary marriage has been legislated for a day. Now, let me see how you make two houses, three children, 50 jars of homemade stew (zacuscă) (slightly spicy), 9 turkeys in the oven, repair 5 food processors, open 28 sinks, take 6 holidays with your mother-in-law, receive 579 guests, adopt 2 dogs and 5 cats, quarrel 9 times with the neighbour who floods you, reinvent yourself 5 times, have to go in and out of depression for another 6. And in the afternoon, am I free in the afternoon? Eva asked with full eyes of hope.

(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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