When the sun was starting to set, the square was already full: all teats taken at the front and on the chairs, foreign visitors, the court nobles, then the crowd. From beneath the palace columns appeared them, in white shirts, like angels-to-be. They floated towards the half-moon and the counsellor's head fell first. Then, in turn, the four royal cocoons opened their enlightened wings. Four wreaths flooded heaven with holy lights. The father hurried after them. The sun had not yet set when the bunch of the Holy Brâncoveni rose in the sky.

(Translated by Luciana-Maria Buruiană / 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 every few days. 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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