Now you are really standing on Heaven's porch. It was his first thought when he entered the village church and saw her with her hands folded, waiting for him to take her on her last journey. He kissed her hand and took a deep breath to stop the tear. It smelled like childhood. Incense is not just a scent, he heard her voice again, with the smoke goes our prayer beyond. In the aura of the saints on the walls we see the light from there, as through the windows we look into the house. Yes, dear grandmother, from here we can better see beyond, the church is the window of Heaven.

(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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