My neighbour is a hard-working and quiet man, he has never bothered me, he works as a cemetery guard by night and by day he is a local policeman, he chases pigeons in the parks. His wife is like no other. When she's not at church, she spends all day singing church songs and listening to the Trinitas radio, she and all the neighbours in the building, so much so that passers-by cross themselves as they walk through, thinking there must be a private church. She looks holy, but after midnight the Stone Cross reopens.

(Translated by Adrian-George Ilinca / 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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