The women from the tribe were put to the ground for their wrongs, for courage, for disobedience. Nothing was forgiven to them, so they became addicted to judgment. They were never good enough. Men were forgiven everything. No conditions, no questions, no sacrifices. They just existed. Two worlds so far apart, so unbalanced. When they were bearing children, the men of the tribe cheered them. And for a few moments, the judgement stopped. Those who refused to procreate were thrown over the fence. Some barbarians.

(Translated by Roberta Ana-Maria Gulerez / 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 November 2021, the group has 7.500 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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