The man stepped inside easily. The door was unlocked as planned. At the back of the room, in an armchair, Father Agheasmie was groaning with pleasure. Corcodușa was on her knees, her face in his lap. When the intruder shouted hands up, His Holiness suddenly rose to his feet, and the gypsy woman fell backwards. Give me your watch, give me your coat, said the man to the priest. I haven't got one, he replied in fright, looking at the gun in the attacker's hand. There's bullets in the barrel, said Corcodușa. How do you know? asked the priest. She shrugged.
(Translated by Cosmina-Florentina Ciobanu / 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.