Did you hear about Gogu Lungu's? She has appendicitis. Yeah, a big whole appendicitis. He-he. My cow calved. What did she calve? A colt. He-he. I had a weird dream. I dreamt a cat which was crossing the road with a tip in its mouth. You are an old woman, what kind of a tip might have been? I'd tell you but there's kids around. He-he. Mitru asked the women at the corvée: How could it be that I married my wife two months ago and she's giving birth in a month? He-he. It's unheard of, said old Safta. You must be the chosen one. That is me, said Mitru chest-beating. He-he.
(Translated by Alin Sescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected 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 February 2023, the group has 10,500 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.