Even the maize is dying, Măria, there's going to be no food this year, said grandfather, looking at the clear sky, and went out to the gate to have a little chat with the neighbors, to tell his sorrow. The village was in a constant state of waiting, the drought had withered the gardens and dried up the wells. In the evening, clouds that appeared out of nowhere brought a summer rain. The children, fed up with the dust, were hopping through the puddles, the adults took shelter contentedly: God, give us clean rain. Rain, Ionel thought in the evening, as he lay in his bed, I will become rain when I grow up, because rain makes people happy.

(Translated by Diana Stănescu / 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 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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