It was the night of Sânziene, other girls were also looking for medicinal herbs, she was not afraid, she was calmly minding her business and her bag was almost filled up. The sun found her with her hands crossed on chicory flowers and her thighs bare. Who got you pregnant, you cursed girl? roared his father. The dear was silent, not that she didn't want to talk but she didn't know what to say. She only knew that the darkness has a stinking mouth and wicked arms. Only when she gave birth to a child did she understand God. In the end, the light came out of the darkness.

(Translated by Andreea Denisa Dinu / 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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