Since the preacher came to our town, everyone's been going to the church. The people pay close attention to what he says, and they've become kinder. We all eat together, after the Sacrament. He taught us how to make omlette like they do in Spain, with potatoes. And how we could serve cheese with olive oil and thyme. Yes, Father comes into the kitchen often, he told us he's a gourmand. He travelled much before he came to stay here. He preached in the desert too - that's where he picked up the habit of drinking mint tea, which he passed on to us. And he always adds honey to the censer, that's how he tamed the people.

(Translated by Constantin Istrate / 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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