A long time ago, when his wife told him she was leaving him, Petru grumbled that he wasn't in the mood for jokes, the kids had to be taken to school, there was no bread left, no clean clothes, and he had to work in the neighbouring village. She took her case and left. You'll be longing for your children and claw at my door and I'm going to open it for you when horses fly, he shouted. It is now dawn and someone is knocking at the door. He sluggishly gets out of bed and goes downstairs. All of a sudden, the neighbour's horse starts neighing extendedly. Three times.

(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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