The water has taken everything: furniture, clothes, the chickens and the pig. The cat escaped after clinging to an old apple tree which was still there to watch over the yard. Grandma got off of the attic with aid from the rescuing firefighters, repeating over and over flood, flood. She was looking at her house and couldn't believe her eyes. And then she saw her wedding's photograph and started to cry. She asked the boys to retrieve it. It's good that you're long gone, Marinica, otherwise you would have died again. She kissed the photograph and climbed on the boat.

(Translated by Georgiana Morozii / 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.

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