The old folks say the wolf comes at the same time with the rusty nature. They are such scaredy-cats, the woodman's son laughed. Perhaps it would be better to meet somewhere else. What if your father finds us out? It is better my father rather than the evil spirit of the forest. As long as I'm with you nothing will harm you, the young man encouraged her, holding her. The night fell. The moon casted the glade in its silver rays. The beast slipped from the boy's embrace and disappeared through the trees. The unnatural scream lured the hunters. I won't let them hurt you, my love.

(Translated by Diana-Maria Croitoru / 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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