When he appeared to him in a dream, God said: in order to become rich, you have to die poor. Then he carried him among the pilasters of the world that would be his, saying: make me a house. When the tram and the clarity hit him, it was June 7th. He was going to leave the hospital for the poor after three days of agony, as a beggar. 12 towers for the apostles, 4 for the evangelists, one for the Virgin Mary, and the last one for the Lord Saviour. They all talked to him in those days while he raised in heaven the Sagrada towards which the Virgin Mary would guide him.

(Translated by Ecaterina Bucovanu / 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 2022, the group has 9,250 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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