I live there. On Sundays. On Sunday mornings. Sometimes on other days as well. On Holy Days. I sit in a corner. The smallest corner. The quietest corner. And I listen. The royal doors open. And then a voice is heard from the heart of the place. Blessed is the Kingdom of God. Then I move in for good. In the biggest House in the world. And my heart beats up there, turns into a semantron, then into a bell, then flies around with joy, kneels to pray, receives heavenly gifts and cleanses itself of its sins by the cross, in order to rise from the Chalice of Life into a state of eternal love.

(Translated by Valentina Mihai / 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 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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