He wanted to test my faith and so he threw me in the middle of the garden like I was a kite. I told him that my faith was for sale, and he got scared since he didn't expect that. I didn't know what Satan of which religion he was, so I told him: Choose the God you want to mock, knowing this way he would grow and justify his existence. It was obvious he was a young devil. And I exorcized him with his own weapons, taking him out of his being. Oops, I'm talking to my Halloween decorations again. Next time I will stick to buying pumpkins. Or garden gnomes, maybe.

(Translated by Liliana Popescu / 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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