Afore, 'time ago, fo' me sweetheart from Botiza, times three have I crossed the Iza. Problem's I got old now, on top o' that, last time I told 'er put ye poochon a leash 'cause I was coming o'er, she didn't. Fo' me sweetheart in Ieud, dry I'm tho through water I mo'ed. Weel, used tuh be, 'cause I've rheumatism and I'm now careful with mine shanks, I wear underpants and she's not worth my folding 'em. An' then since I started work furthese Britens, I hardly go home, I maight find some Briten woman and go on the road naw more. So, ladies, saw long and guud by.

(Translated by Cristina Stan / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 February 2022, the group has 7,950 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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