Sharp, hot tongues cleave the air deafly. Monstrous figures grin around the fire. Hashish floods bodies and minds. Cruelty seethes in the thirty hearts, heating the blood hotter with every puff of smoke. Death's claws scratch the darkness. In a few hours, the heads of innocent babies and hounded mothers will release one last roar to the sky. The seashore mourns the victims of Jihad. In the morning, the embers smoulder, spitting out innocent blood in the name of Allah. Mohamed is silent.

(Translated by Florina Șamata / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 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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