Ivan had a watchful and trained eye. At the age of 13 he saw the betrayal, he dreadfully starved the dogs and fed them the boyar Suiski, who didn't like the spread of oprichnina. War is peace, that's how he felt. For Iosif Vissarionovici this was the historical model of anticipating his power. He felt as if he would be the mother, the father and the older brother of any Russian because freedom is after all slavery. George smiled, imagining eyes upon eyes that could control everything. Then he joyfully went out into the garden, under God's eye, to have some tea with Sonia.

(Translated by Delia-Maria Cocoş / 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 July 2021, the group has 6.800 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, 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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