The 4 old women were napping after Sunday service. Girl, is the priestess still seeing the vicar? The half-blind one opened her eyes. I don't see them together anymore. The deaf one woke up as well. I haven't heard anything. Who? The stylish one chimed in. The priestess is with the mailman. The old one stands up. You know nothing. I'll tell you. She's with the teacher. A discreet hiss and a pardon end the conversation. In the churchyard, the ones lingering by the graves were dead silent. The priestess, close to fainting, was yelling from a bench for someone to go turn off the microphone.

(Translated by Diana Mîndruță-Tănăsescu / 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 April 2023, the group has 11,000 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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