Being on the big vacation, young Codruț Tulfuț went, as usual, to spend it with his grandmother, in the countryside. One of the nights, overwhelmed by boredom, having no internet and not even a TV, he decided to take Gică, the family pig, for a walk. Walking with the pig through the garden, he tripped and fell into a deep, dark, foul-smelling hole, from which he struggled to get out, until he fainted from fatigue and was overcome by the smell. After a while, he was awakened by a stream of warm water running down his face.
(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.