With the tip of his brush he painted in gold the right wing of a seraph. When it was all done he took his buckets of paint and slowly lowered the scaffolding. No candle was burning, only moonbeams slicing thickly through the darkness. He heard the sound of voices and someone turned on the light. Diaphanous faces of angels and saints looked down from the walls and in the middle of the church, Dimitrie, the blind painter, seemed to descend from among them. He had been 20 years old when a stray projectile in the garden had extinguished his light forever.

(Translated by Anca Cristina Georgiana Mihai / 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 January 2023, the group has 10,220 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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