Maria, the village priest's daughter, this foxy lass making eyes at any handsome hoodlum. He, raised by his grandparents, had made an art out of debauchery and fine swindling. An autodidact par excellence, he called himself Jimmy don't care. But adding fuel to the fire, Ji now had a place in the girl's heart. Rumours spread around the village and on Sunday, after mass, a contender for the young man's heart approached her directly: "Maria, stop batting your eyelashes at Ji, cause your father came up with a prayer that would nip his way with words and womanizing in the bud. And wouldn't that be a shame, sis?

(Translated by Ana-Maria Batog / 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 December 2022, the group has 9,880 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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