It was very hard to find you, I told him. I'm very busy, giving conferences all over the world. I heard you have a religion of your own. He lit a cigar. All around, the fine furniture looked barely unpacked. It's not mine anymore, it's everyone's. Not a follower yet? I hope you donated your fortune. I have no wealth. You still have something there. The laws are clear, all for faith. Be especially careful what you say. Surely someone is reporting you, they are all followers now. You will end up executed in public. And what do you call this religion of yours? He looked at me sharply: The Common Good, of course.

(Translated by Laura-Elena Dobrin / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. dr. Nadina Vișan / Edited 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 October 2022, the group has 9,400 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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