My mother bursts into the room, come now girl, Master Enache is here. I stared blankly, gasped and rolled to the salon. Good evening, radiant angel, I've searched the entire slum, but I like fuller women and I thought of you, says Master Enache. I put the bust adornment forth and he continues: and who has small hands. Then he searches around in his wicker bag and pulls out a beautiful jar. Tis autumn, big harvest, good time for pickles, want to try some? He was good for me, and so I got married.
(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.