The temptation of adogmatism, successfully injected, had left the places of worship barren. When the sun was slowly sinking towards the edge of the hill, Josephine knew it was time to separate the profane from the liturgical by calling the believers. She would deftly emerge from the chapel, clutching her drum with her left hand and her silver-plated gavel with her right, dragging her body through the ritual of circumcision. He then entered the pew. From beneath the Icons, dozens of mirrors multiplied her face and her prayer raised to Heaven. Over the hill, a murmur filled the air: think freely.

(Translated by Angelica Ioana Curcan / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. Eliana Ionoaia / 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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