Statuesque Encounter: An Unlikely Belgrade Tale

Fluent Fiction – Serbian
www.FluentFiction.org/Serbian
Story Transcript:
Sr: Jednog sunčanog popodneva, na vrhu Kalemegdana, nalazila se Milica, devojka sa dugom crnom kosom i radoznalim očima, koja je tragala za čarima istorije u srcu Beograda.
En: One sunny afternoon, at the top of Kalemegdan, Milica, a girl with long black hair and curious eyes, was looking for the charms of history in the heart of Belgrade.

Sr: Milica je često posmatrala tvrđavu i maštala o ljudima koji su nekada hodali njenim zidinama.
En: Milica often gazed at the fortress and fantasized about the people who once walked within its walls.

Sr: Dok je razgledala, naišla je na statuu koja je izgledala neobično realistično.
En: As she explored, she came across a statue that looked unusually lifelike.

Sr: “Ova statua izgleda pravo živa,” mislila je Milica, ugledavši Nikolu, mladog umetnika koji je stajao nepomično, gledajući u daljinu kao da je zaista kamena figura.
En: “This statue looks truly alive,” thought Milica, as she spotted Nikola, a young artist standing motionless, gazing into the distance as if he were truly a stone figure.

Sr: “Zdravo,” nasmejala se Milica, prilazeći “statui”. “Ti si najlepša statua koju sam ovde videla.”
En: “Hello,” Milica smiled, approaching the “statue”. “You’re the most beautiful statue I’ve seen here.”

Sr: Nastavila je da priča, ne očekujući odgovor. “Zamišljam kako si nekad bio važan vojvoda, zar ne? Ili možda pesnik?”
En: She continued talking, not expecting a response. “I imagine you were once an important military leader, aren’t you? Or perhaps a poet?”

Sr: Nikola je pokušavao da zadrži ozbiljnost, ali Milicin duh i način na koji je pričala sa njim kao sa starim poznanikom učinili su to nemogućim.
En: Nikola tried to maintain his seriousness, but Milica’s spirit and the way she spoke to him as if he were an old acquaintance made it impossible.

Sr: S osmehom koji mu se razlio po licu, prekinuo je svoj performans. “Zapravo, ja sam umetnik,” rekao je.
En: With a smile spreading across his face, he interrupted his performance. “Actually, I’m an artist,” he said.

Sr: Milica je uzletela od iznenađenja. “Oh, izvini! Mislim… Zdravo!” rekla je sa smehom. “Ja sam Milica i… pa, očigledno imam dobru maštu.”
En: Milica jumped in surprise. “Oh, I’m sorry! I mean… Hello!” she said with a laugh. “I’m Milica and… well, I obviously have a good imagination.”

Sr: Razgovor između Milice i Nikole tekao je prirodno kao da su se oduvek poznavali.
En: The conversation between Milica and Nikola flowed naturally as if they had always known each other.

Sr: Pričali su o istoriji, umetnosti, a Nikola joj je čak pokazao svoje crteže Kalemegdana.
En: They talked about history, art, and Nikola even showed her his drawings of Kalemegdan.

Sr: Sunce je počelo da zalazi, bojeći nebo u nijanse ružičaste i narandžaste, kao epilog jednog nezaboravnog susreta.
En: The sun began to set, painting the sky in shades of pink and orange, as the epilogue of an unforgettable encounter.

Sr: “Da se nismo sreli ovako na neobičan način,” rekla je Milica dok su šetali prema izlazu tvrđave, “možda nikada ne bismo pričali.”
En: “If we hadn’t met in such a peculiar way,” said Milica as they walked towards the fortress exit, “we might never have spoken.”

Sr: “Slažem se,” odgovorio je Nikola. “Ponekad je zanimljivo kako nas malo zabune može odvesti na najneverovatnija mesta.”
En: “I agree,” replied Nikola. “Sometimes, it’s interesting how a little confusion can lead us to the most amazing places.”

Sr: Milica se nasmejala. “Kao priča iz nekog filma,” dodaje.
En: Milica laughed. “Like something out of a movie,” she added.

Sr: Na kraju dana, shvatili su da je njihov susret, koji je započeo kao zabuna, pretvorio obično popodne u avanturu punu smeha i novog prijateljstva.
En: By the end of the day, they realized that their meeting, which began as a mix-up, had turned a regular afternoon into an adventure full of laughter and new friendship.

Sr: Srećni što su jedno drugo pronašli usred minulih vekova, otišli su svako na svoju stranu, a Kalemegdan je tiho svedočio početku jedne neobične priče.
En: Happy to have found each other amidst past centuries, they went their separate ways, and Kalemegdan silently witnessed the beginning of an extraordinary story.

Vocabulary Words:
čari : charms
tvrđava : fortress
realistično : lifelike
nepomično : motionless
zamišljala : imagined
važan : important
zadrži : maintain
poznanik : acquaintance
performans : performance
maštu : imagination
susret : encounter
neobičan : peculiar
zabune : confusion
smeh : laughter
odvoje : seperte
svedočio : witness
neobične : extraordinary