The six months of vacation in Demeter's garden are over. The time has come for Persephone to stuff her heart into the trunk and descend the steps to Hell. Her husband, Hades, was waiting impatiently for her. Pomegranates rolled on the kitchen table under his nimble fingers. I missed you, my beautiful. He hugged her longingly, pressing his body to hers. Persephone lowered her eyes and retreated to the bedroom. Her sadness stirred up blizzards on the land, turning people's hearts into ice flowers.
(Translated by Oana Georgiana Minea / 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.