Cave Digger. In fact, metaphors are not his thing. No, he was digging six-foot pits and a sole. He was shooting with his eye and his tooth. He liked the mourners when they cried with words. But they liked him too. Today he buried a Dobre, 92. He'd broken his hearse, a sign he didn't want to leave this world. Vasilica, the mourner on duty, with a red hat on her head, next to the dead man's head, mourned as usual. The smell of the mournful earth tickled her imagination. At alms, they fortified themselves with plum brandy. From last year.

(Translated by Cosmina-Florentina Ciobanu / 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 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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