Mother Porfiria took her coat on her back and opened the cell door. She crossed herself and looked out. The dawn of day was trying to make its shy appearance through the frost that froze the air. She advanced slowly, shielding her face from the gusts of wind that whipped up the snow-ice blizzard. From time to time, she raised her eyes to catch a glimpse of the church tower. She was treading hard, and the vapours of her breath were entwined with the cold waves. Beyond the frozen world, God was awakening from a long, heavy sleep.

(Translated by Oana Georgiana Minea / 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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