2000 euros from the godfather on the groom's side. 1500 euros from the godfather on the bride's side. The latter is stingier. 3000 euros and the BMW in the parking lot, the one that isn't scratched, from the groom's father. The scratched one belongs to Vasile from downhill. The bride's father is stingier and only gave 1999 euros but he promised to give the rest in instalments with interest because the bride's mother is head of the state bank. From the best men's table, who stole the bride and brought her back many hours later with her dress a bit crumpled, only empty bottles and a happy bride.

(Translated by Diana Mîndruță-Tănăsescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 April 2023, the group has 11,000 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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