Sister Porfiria fixed the kerchief on her head. She took a deep breath, inflating her body with the smell of damp earth, disturbed by the rain. On the horizon, the fatigued clouds were sneaking through the shy sun rays. Above, the rainbow was stretching to the end of the sky. Where does it end? wondered the sister, taking her rod. Where God is willing, she answered, after she crossed herself. Let's go you, the night is falling, she called for the goats that were quietly grazing at the bottom of the hill.

(Translated by Mălina Ioana Butaru / 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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