She has been praying persistently for five years. The wall and the holy painting hanging on him were witnesses. He was not surprised at all when she found the envelope in the mailbox. The flight ticket, the trip, the island, the hotel, the sea, everything was perfect, for free and anonymous. On the last evening, she had dinner at the old lighthouse. He, the mysterious man, appeared in a hooded cloak that would hide his face. Then, for her, the whole night was some sort of floating like in a drunk state. It is a miracle that you survived the fall, said the doctor later on. Although, a kidney is missing.

(Translated by Beatrice-Ioana Huruială / 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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