For a lifetime, my wife has been collecting items she calls antiques. Our house is full of cigar cases, salvers and trinkets. Recently, she is passionate about pails, those tin buckets in which cows are milked. For her birthday, I bought her a pail from the fair. There were two lines written on it: Keep old Bessie on the field, she's the one that keeps you filled. When I gave it to her, my wife went crazy. What's with this horrible thing? Woe to your artistic sense. Didn't you notice that I only collect pails that are not engraved?

(Translated by Andreea-Simona Trufin / 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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