So you say it happened? Yes. The ones cheering, uproaring, whistling. And whistles? That's how they put it, there was great joy. Everyone was happy. Everyone shouted and cheered louder than for the bear. What do you mean, for the bear? I mean, like the time when the circus came to the village, they all gathered and enjoyed. Ok, and? It was just like that. Everyone was waiting for the bride. And? And when the doors openedshe was nowhere to be seen. The bride had disappeared. What had happened? She had run away with the pianist from the church. And the food? Well, the food was good.

(Translated by Ana Spînu / 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 September 2022, the group has 9,250 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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