The Evil One called her into the desert, and she went. She put on black robes and left everything behind: fortune, children, man. Every day he offered her food, cold water and shelter in the shade. Sometimes, he was shown in a man's body, touching her between legs where the flesh had not yet died. She rarely moved. They found her half a century later, intact. They dressed her in silks, gave her a painted house where she reigned in peace over other relics, as only the whole could rein in the heresy inclination of the fragment.

(Translated by Iuliana Danciu / 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 June 2021, the group has 6.650 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, setting their texts within the limit of 500 symbols (in Romanian language, so in English the limit might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise with an almost daily changed topic. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, Răzvan Penescu, 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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