Let me put it to you like this, Mișu: we, ordinary sinners, are squeezed into Purgatory. It's some kind of stopover to Heaven or Hell. Did you read Dante? No? I figured. This Dante describes Purgatory as a mountain. Our sinful souls are broken down by categories. Below lie those with nasty sins: haughty, envious, greedy people. They are closer to Hell than Heaven. Who do you think awaits repentance right by the top of the mountain? People like you and me, lechers. Did you get it? What did you say was that busty lady's name from financing again?

(Translated by Alin Sescu / 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 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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