Father Agheasmie opened the car window and approached the vulgarly dressed woman who was chewing gum by the roadside. I'm looking for Corcodușa, said he You that priest? asked her with boredom. He nodded. She's in Italy with her sister, she added. Get in, said his holiness, while searching for something in the pocket of his pants. Eureka, he shouted holding a condom. He opened the glovebox and took a bottle of vodka. Want some?

(Translated by Ioana Busuioc / 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 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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