They took away Paul's vestments because he didn't want to take part in this pyramid scheme in which Man loses his values worshipping an invented God. He met God when his child died. He had kept him alive and had shown him the way. At the Sunday sermon he told the parishioners that the memorial service meal was a scam. That it was all just bragging and hypocrisy. The dead cannot taste the rich meals from here. On the other side they're feeding off of Him. Now they're breaking his windows at night and threaten him with the devil. With the Other Side.

(Translated by Ioana Busuioc / 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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