Father Agheasmie slowly made his way up the steps. His wife was holding him tightly by the arm. He stopped and staggered. Dearly beloved, he said to those gathered in the churchyard, Mayor Tănase was sentenced to two years of imprisonment. The dictatorship is over, His Holiness continued. He hiccupped. Cantor Gavril began to applaud. Behind him, Nana Valerica began to cry. Dear Lord, you heard our prayers. We'll have a free election. He fell silent and looked over at the crowd. The wife of our priest will be our new mayor.

(Translated by Ana-Maria Batog / 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 November 2022, the group has 9,580 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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