Gogu wanted to get to the city, get a gun, make the law in the neighbourhood. But he remained a shepherd. He couldn't love Lia in secret. So, he loved her on the field, near a fresh pile of dung. She didn't love him, but he was the only one who looked deep into her washed out eyes. So, she didn't make a sound. She bit her tight lips and fisted the rough grass. She cried when Gogu didn't give her any sign and was speechless when she threw up one morning. Gogu's load had put another life in her.

(Translated by Alin-Marian Mărgescu / 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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