Hotel. Child on crutches. Help in the name of our Good Lord Jesus Christ, help, addressing a young man in a white shirt. The frightened-looking young man shouts, Allahu Akbar. The nail fell right next to his leg. An old souvenir seller raises his kippah in greeting saying, Shalom Aleichem. The buyer replied, Namaste, smiling at him for the change he received. The violent explosion left behind a policewoman collecting stars from the paving. She was a woman who was also passionate about astrology.

(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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