Ever since K. had come with her from the city, she hadn't had a name, she was always just She, the stranger. K. was blind and She was blind. How they'd met no one knew. Two days later, a sign appeared above their gate with a crooked inscription: Psychotherapist. The people nodded, only Yi was lost in thought, her child did not speak, she was blankly staring at the ground. It was enough for Her to caress his cheek and the child looked up and smiled. Yi got scared and broke the news that She was a witch. No one in the village had ever smiled before.

(Translated by Andreea-Alexandra Șerbănescu / 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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