I was making plum brandy in my yard. More wood was needed, so I started breaking various stumps. I came across a willow tree from which the ax bounced back like rubber. While I was giving vent to my anger, our neighbour, Gica, turned up and asked if one of us could slaughter her goose. I effortlessly hit its neck with the ax, without realizing that next to me was that parrot of a rooster that sings at the crack of dawn. He got scared and ran, falling into the pot of hot brandy under the still. Witness soup tasted divine.

(Translated by Diana Pașcanu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. dr. Nadina Vișan / Edited 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 October 2022, the group has 9,400 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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