An angel-knitted behind. This is what he told me I had. Then I sat down on the bed next to him because he was my priest-confessor, and I started unburdening my heart. He was looking at me, listening to every word I was saying, nodding his head slowly, cracking a smile once in a while. Then his hand went up unexpectedly. My muffled screams, stopped by his coarse palm, were crashing into the mute walls of the cell. I had a key, and I did not know had company. A voice. A nun. I am saved. The accomplice. The strong ties have sealed my lips until now.

(Translated by Roberta Ana-Maria Gulerez / 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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