There wasn't a man in the village under the vineyards who didn't know her. When her mom went to heaven, Stana was 9 years old and no tear ran down her cheek as to not cast another shadow on her father's face. She walked her on her last road with small shoulders and raised with strong determination. When no one was looking, she would cover her mouth with the left hand and would chew on her pain with salty taste of blood. She put all her pain on the life line until one day when Petru saw through her uncried tears, kissed her heart line and taught her how to cry of happiness.

(Translated by Nina Tufă / 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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