When she ran away in a cart full of baskets of fish, Agafia knew how beautiful she was and felt sorry for her beauty to get lost in the chores. In the port of Brăila, she straightened her back and looked around with her green eyes. This little devil makes you lose your mind, one shouted. She started a new life at Lady Elvira's: she got a new name and a new lifestyle. A few years later, an amateur who fell for her eyes took her from there and didn't believe he couldn't reverse the changes made by Lady Elvira. It's none of our business.

(Translated by Luciana-Maria Buruiană / 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 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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