This was not how Ravecuța imagined that her eldest daughter would find out that life is not all marshmallows. She kept telling her not to go dancing to the neighbouring village in one of those short skirts and with a bare midriff, but it was all in vain. The shaggy-haired big guy lured her into the reed thicket. One slap was enough to knock her down. Take it off, he roared lustfully and abused her until the lass lost consciousness. At the police station, both mother and daughter were treated dismissively. The mayor's boy, you tramps? Come on, get out of here, before we beat you up.
(Translated by Oana Ionescu / 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 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.