At the top of the hill is the 500-year-old Unitarian church. I go there sometimes to gaze at the expanse of land that belongs to a single neighbour. An old walnut tree with four trunks shelters some tombs from immemorial times. I lean on them and look to the right, the forest opens to me. To the left, the church's wall loses more and more stones and bricks. Today I found out, the walnut will be cut. On the place where my dead rest, the landowner wants to build a swimming pool.

(Translated by Ecaterina Buşe / 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 January 2021, the group has 3.000 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 almost daily. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

*Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.

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