Mooom, let me in the house. I'm cold and thirsty. Marița rose, confused. She made a cross with his tongue in the roof of her mouth, spat into his breast and pulled the hood over her head. Mooom, open the door. The room suddenly became cold. The soul darkened. She pulled the corner of the curtain with fright and froze. In the patio, Florica in a wedding dress had come from beyond. Mooom. The whining woke her up the good. She opened the door collapsing. Florica floated over the threshold and rushed to the funeral cake on the oven. Mother.

(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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