Umbrellas are beyond - whispered Old Woman Sanda. Then she suddenly stopped talking; closed her eyes; opened her mouth and she was gone. Poor woman, the old women of the village were mourning her, she had been afraid of what she would encounter on the other side. Who knows what great sins had she carried with her. Truth is that she did have time to sin - she was 93 years old. When they returned from the graveyard soaked to the bone by the clearly diluvian rain and entered the good room, they understood what old Sanda had said in fact: in that room there were hundreds of umbrellas, in all kinds of colours and sizes.

(Translated by Jessica-Polixenia-Cristiana Copilaș / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 May 2023, the group has 11,260 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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