Itspins the thread in my lap like a lazy cat. It twists, rests and spins woolen thread into the breastplate I am making for my man. This sura will keep him warm during the cold nights in the mountains, there, on the front across the border. I say Lord Jesus and the thread intertwines with the light of the thought, the stitches grow from each other and my work turns into hauberk. And when he puts it on, the breastplate is no longer rough wool, but becomes a blanket of light that brings you back to me in the heat of the autumn twilight.

(Translated by Ana Spînu / 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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