At the end of the village where the hills begin, a lamp is always lit. It is the house of the one who sometimes comes to church. He just sits down and listen hard. Slowly his forehead clears of clouds, he bows down and at the end of the church service, when the sheep start gossiping, he slips among them and leaves silently. Arriving at his house with the door unlocked, his thoughts jump into his arms. He gives them each a holy bread and spring water that has just been sanctified. Until another next Sunday, they will fast with a life lived put in the book that he writes and writes.

(Translated by Ana-Maria Mușetescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 March 2023, the group has 10,790 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, Luchian Abel, and Vlad Mușat. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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