After the pendulum stroke midnight, everybody sneaked where they wanted to go: Sir John to maid Matilda; Rob the driver to Lady Helen; the cook to the butler; the cook's husband in the storeroom where all the goodies baked by his wife were; the coachmen visited each other. Father Ulm had told them it was a sin but the lust was more powerful than the fear of hell. Only the young lady, the family's only child, sneaked into her noble father's office, poured herself a glass of brandy and wrote some erotic stories from which she was earning the money to run away to America.

(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.

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