Madly in love, Miss Salt and the charming Pepper decided to get married, so they invited all their relatives to the wedding. The bride's mother, the sophisticated Sea Salt was looking arrogantly at the Peppers' table, gossiping with her cousin from Himalaya. Look at the red one, how could he turn out like this, when his mom is white and his father's black? He has to be a bastard. But Father Pepper heard that and cut her off: You're one to talk, auntie, don't you see that your daughter is a little iodized? Come on, darling, let's call off the wedding, this druggie will grind our boy to dust.

(Translated by Constantin Istrate / 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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