She was told she was hallucinating, that she was scared and she just had a bad dream. They also called the gipsy woman to do make some magic on her to take away her fear. Never discuss about this ever again, said her younger brother reticently. Unless you want the twins to lock you up at the monastery. But she was confident on what she saw. The girl and her brothers were together at the small table and looked down in their bawls with soup. But they shared the same thought: the broken head, the ax covered in blood and the night they dig the first grave.

(Translated by Luciana-Maria Buruiană / 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 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 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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