She was mad about horses. She'd wanted to be near them ever since she was a little girl and she wasn't afraid of them. She had learned to ride thoroughbreds at the age of 9 and she would speak in English to her imaginary horses in her games. One spring, she wanted to ride a simple mountain horse. It was all going well until the horse started galloping uncontrollably. She got herself together, got up, pulled hard on the bridle and stopped the horse. That damn horse. Are we still going to come here? Yeah, a bit scared, on Ascension Day, when you are free. It didn't happen.

(Translated by Oana Ionescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected by conf. dr. Daria Protopopescu / 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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