The cleaning lady came in to clean. I asked her to leave me in the church. I didn't kneel. A ray of light fell on the painting of the Ascension. I thought about my sins. In an instant, I switched places with Jesus. Jesus didn't kneel either. He looked great in jeans, boots, and a leather jacket. He exchanged a few words with the cleaning lady and then left. I closed my eyes. In vain, it wasn't a dream. Outside, it began to get dark. Lord, don't leave me alone among all the saints. I feel lonely.

(Translated by Lorina Xiaoyu Hou / 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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