When my grandma's clock stroke midnight, Lina had already thrown the first pebble into Ana's window. C'mon, hissed the girl below. I'm coming, said the other one, let her chubby body to lean over the sill. They were running toward the forest, holding hands, and the moon was running with them, three insane fairies go off to look after the promised one. Banewort, fair lady, marry me within a month, they were spinning around the weed plucked from the damp soil, naked with disheveled hair. During this time, two silly boys from the village were in sweet slumber.

(Translated by Alexandra Cica / 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 December 2021, the group has 7.750 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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