it was not in the village in the heart of Bărăgan and childhood, but far away, in the city, near the Danube. With his shoes on, his lavender suit, his cherry cane and his Sunday hat, he strode down the line to the church, where there was also the pub, alone. That August he returned at dusk, sat down on the porch and lit a candle. Sanda, on St. Mary's day, when you're going to town with this little guy, buy me a hat. Black and stiff. And buy this little scamp some sweets and cotton candy. Don't you forget, Sanda.
(Translated by Oana Georgiana Minea / 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.