Granny was red as a well-backed paradise. Her wimple was crooked and her skirts were spinning around her short legs. Her waistcoat was twisted over the white embroidered peasant shirt and her walking in a hurry caused a small tornado in the dust of the alley. But, where are you going so fast, granny? a peasant asked. They can go to hell, the granny thundered. They gave me a red pension coupon again, so that I have to go to the post office to give them money. May Earth do not stand them anymore and may God grant the apocalypse. Then I'll be happy.
(Translated by Angelica Ioana Curcan / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 October 2021, the group has 7.275 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.