They had arrived with all the pomp, around noon. The gentleman was wearing the black attire of the law. The lady, the gentleman's worshipper, was sparkling in scarlet. They were bearing heavy crosses, maybe that is why there were in a cart, pulled by a donkey. The trial was short. The officials put up the gallows, the mob started to look for me. I watched the show while laying on a rooftop. Today, I was the root of all evil, tomorrow they will look for someone else. Touched by a residue of guilt, I made off and left them puzzled. The city would have the most darkened eaves.

(Translated by Constantin Istrate / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. Daria Protopopescu / 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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