Father, auntie Florica plucked up the courage to adress the priest after she kissed the cross from his hand and was anointed. They said on TV the Russians are comin'. Let 'em come, answered Father Agheasmie tapping his foot impaciently. He looked over the woman's shoulder and saw the line of people gathered to be anointed. And what do I do if the Russian steps foot in my yard? You treat him like a guest, said the priest without minding her. Make some polenta and some stew. The woman was looking at him confused. What kind of stew? Chicken? Fish, continued the priest. Just make sure to scorch it well beforehand.

(Translated by Alin Sescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected 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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