Perfect constructions, stretched out like a network of mycelia, the trees of generative grammar had caused me a real addiction in college, which made me, in the middle of even the most common discussion, to close my eyes and see them covering the back of my eyelids with branches that sparkled morphemes, like stars in the linguistic sky. Check it out when you're in the mood for making preserves and pickles, my friend told me when I got married, giving me a tome on mathematical linguistics. I accept that you are getting married, but I will not forgive you if you become a wife.
(Translated by Medeea Alexandra Stan / 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.