The priest's wife opened the door and got into the car. Father Agheasmie gasped as he picked up the suitcase and placed it in the trunk. He got behind the wheel and put the key in the ignition. How was the trip? he finally asked his wife. How could it be, she answered lost in thought. Abroad is different. People are calmer, quieter, they do not drive like crazy. The cities are more beautiful. Many green spaces. Beyond that, men are politer. If only you'd leave for good, muttered the priest while starting the engine.

(Translated by Elena Patricia Măroiu / 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 February 2023, the group has 10,500 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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