You'll marry him because I tell you so, you goddamn girl, wipe your nose and wash your face because he's coming to get you with your rags and all, you'll thank me one day after you learn to be happy, said her dad, angrily spitting his tobacco. Her mum kept her mouth shut and Stana went with the man appointed for her and learned that the body is just a puppet made of flesh. Now she is the best wheeler-dealer, chews tobacco and is looking for a good man to marry her daughter off. Oh, and she's happy.

(Translated by Ruxandra Adriana Dodoiu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 November 2022, the group has 9,580 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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