The summer rain slipped its arrows through the branches of the fir trees and struck rhythmicallythe Land of the Immortals, giving the shaman the signal to begin his dance. Having the skin of a white reindeer on his back, raven feathers around his forehead and wolf's teeth in the shape of a lace, encircling his neck three times, in a growing drumbeat the old man let his weakened body shake by the fire, and sent his spirit, along with the smoke, into the sky from which the five gentle ancestors watched the world transformed into stars.

(Translated by Adrian-George Ilinca / 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 2022, the group has 8,500 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 every few days. 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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