Alex was flipping through the paper bored when something caught his eye. A devoted father and loving grandfather, he passed away at the ripe old age of 80. The funeral will take place on 15 May. Terrified, he tried to call home. No answer. The next day the old courtyard was full of people. His 7 children, 6 daughters-in-law and 12 grandchildren were getting out of the cars bringing them directly from the airport. On the wooden porch, the old man stood up, pleased to greet his guests: see Saftă, I told you that this year we would all do Easter together.

(Translated by Andreea-Iulia Ciucă / 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 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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