Crazy as she was, she went straight into the cornfield to find peace. She didn't find it, but she didn't look for it anymore either. Instead, she kept cutting left and right with her machete, past the end of the cornfield she came across a river. On the bank were covered wagons, a big fire, a boiling pot and women bleaching laundry. She approached cautiously, so as not to disturb them, and asked: what are you boiling here? A slightly more keen-eyed onereplied: we're boiling the ideas for the next theme. Then she gave her a seat by the fire and offered her some cooked corn. Catcher.

(Translated by Lenuța Bejenaru / 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 August 2022, the group has 9,000 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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