Lelea Raveca leaned in towards the icon and gave it a kiss. She then made the sign of the cross and approached the altar where Father Agheasmie was waiting, looking a bit impatient. Hey, did you bring it? he asked her eagerly. She nodded and pulled out the flask from her bag, placing it on the table. When she put the bottle of wine down too, he looked delighted. Is it a good one? he asked her. Yes, Father, it's made by the late one, God rest his soul, she replied. The priest took the wine and walked back to the altar. As he was about to take a sip, his fingers brushed against the price tag on the label, causing him to grumble, Ugh, it's a store-bought one, that darn woman.

(Translated by Andreea Tobă / 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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