Good and bad, bad and good. Dreams and drowsiness when you sleep. Moonlit night above, mad love, murmured the old woman, mixing with the paddle in the pot. Stars and clouds, traveling dragon crowds, beautiful girls, hidden in their houses' prison, she whispers over the bubbling of the concoction, over which is now pouring the purple mixture from a pot on the yard table. Light comes out of darkness, werewolves come out on the full moon, and dawn is also born out of the night. The grandchildren sit and giggle and hungrily sniff the air : granny is casting the jam spell again.

(Translated by Monica-Andreea Gaman / 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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