I'll marry a lass/ Who can stutch flax,/ Who can rett hemp/ Who's not a wimp, he'd sing his lungs out. Busy or no, he'd pass by our house every day, until daddy went out to yell at him for singing about such stupid things, he even told the teacher to scold his son for this mischief. Alright, Anca, close your eyes and go to bed, the grandmother said, smiling. It's not alright, tell me how grandpa sang to you until you learned how to soak hemp and he found himself in a pickle and asked you to marry him.
(Translated by Bianca-Maria Ciucașu / 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.