Rodica wants to make fun of me and says I should tell you everything. I admit, the day after the wedding I ran away from home. And I had a big wedding, because my father-in-law is someone important in the village. When I woke up, you know, the next day my father-in-law took me to the field and said to me: Costel, this land is yours, to work it in good health, I was scared and I ran way. I didn't need anything else. They thought I ran away with the wedding money, what nonsense. I came back because they assured me it was just a way of saying we were working the land. But they have a mind like a sieve, you know?

(Translated by Alexandra Gruia / 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 every few days. 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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