When her man left from home, she said: it is my fault for I am barren. She dared not cry, nor mourn, instead she made soap. The priest: as per custom, the man never waits. The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away. There was a woman at the gate. You take them, he took off and said that you're well-heeled. And she left her with two sons. The priest: you raise them, for these are our Godly ways. And so she raised them into healthy young men; afterwards, she made soap. Amid a sunset, he came back asking for them; now they're of good use to me. These are my sons. And she shoved his head in the soap.

(Translated by Adelina-Maria Mănăilescu / 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 July 2022, the group has 8,750 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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