From the oldest of days, the Romanian soldier has shown the ability to adapt to the field. After poisoning the waters, the wells and the polenta on the table, the Romanian soldier from the time of Burebista would hide from the Turk's way in the forest, good ol' friend of the Romanian, each one of them would climb a tree and when the Turks walked pass them, they would throw stones and rocks in their heads, generating panic and laughs amongst the enemies. In the open field, it wasn't so easy. Until the enemy fell asleep, the Romanian would wait in a fetish, umm, in a fuckish, in a bush.

(Translated by Ioana Busuioc / 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 January 2022, the group has 7.830 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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