Corcodușa adjusted the hat on her head and spun around, admiring herself in the mirror. How do I look, baby, she asked Father Agheasmie, who was tapping his foot nervously. It's fine, he answered without looking at her. Let's go. Wait, let me try one more. She reached for another hat. The priest sighed for a long time and looked at his watch, "I'm late", he said. When his wife entered the hat shop, he paused. He shrank and hid in the fitting room. His mistress pulled the curtain aside. What are you doing there?
(Translated by Andreea Denisa Dinu / 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 January 2023, the group has 10,220 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.