She grabbed his palm, right where the life line was too short. He came asking for a longer line. I am a simple witch, she answered. I hold no cure for thoughts from above. The man spared her a hopeless glance. Make a miracle happen for me too, as you did for others. I have money. The woman considered vouching for another handful of years, yet she was aware that her promise would have been deceptive, for she had no control over such matters. Good man, start collecting embraces instead of years, she replied while holding him tightly in her arms. Here, this is the first one.

(Translated by Adelina-Maria Mănăilescu / 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 2022, the group has 8,750 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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