I came for you to bring my man home, the woman said. The gipsy lit up the candles in pentagram. A cat jumped on the table. Put down what you brought, she said. The woman put down a gold penny and a string of gossamer. The she put her palm out and the gypsy started a whispered spell. She waved her fingers around and the cat stuck in her claws. The blood dripped down the table, the penny melted, blending into the spell. I sent after him. He will come back on his own legs, she said flapping her hands around. Dead or alive. Judging by the way the string sews into your palm, most likely dead.

(Translated by Nina Tufă / 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 September 2021, the group has 7.150 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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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