Here up on the hill, time drags by, kiddo. In the morning you get the fire started, you start on the polenta, you boil some eggs if the hens laid any, you eat and you get to work. You give the dogs whatever's leftover, and then have them help taking the flock down to the water, down to the valley. There's a lot to tell, but I'll stop now, we have plenty of time to chatter. It's better if you tell me what's going on with you, city folks. Are leeks ready or not for harvest in Oltenia? But when they are ready, bring me a bag of 'em and I'll give you some good curd in exchange.

(Translated by Monica-Andreea Gaman / 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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