She was more beautiful than he was. He was smarter than she was, but not that much. Yes, those two from the song. He said: I love you, do you want to be my wife? I want us to have many children, for you to scold me, cook polenta with cheese for me and to choose together the couch for the living room. She answered to him: Yes, yes, yes, and I want a fairytale wedding. After the wedding and several years of her scolding, a child came along, polentas were boiled and they could not make up their minds about the couch, he saw she was not that beautiful anymore, even though he was a bit smarter than before. Bummer.

(Translated by Raluca Simion / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. 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 March 2023, the group has 10,790 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, Luchian Abel, and Vlad Mușat. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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