Father Gelu turned to Father Trifu. Well, and you, Most Holy Father, do you think this will make the parishioners respect you more? Like in the old days? Threatening them with the Apocalypse? Those are methods? They taught us in Orthodox marketing class that threats like that don't work anymore. That people have changed. You'd be more successful luring them to church on Sundays with motivational services. You need to do something inspirational. With positive messages. Maybe even some contests. With prizes. We can call it The Purest of the Month, or something. We'll think of something, what the hell. Dear Lord.

(Translated by Andreea Ciubuc / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by conf. dr. Daria Protopopescu / 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 December 2022, the group has 9,880 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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