He was kneeling in the chapel, his cheeks furrowed with tears, screaming to the Lord: tell me, tell me what you want. Now I have the wealth and the Kingdom, I have the power - and all I want is him. Don't take it from me, he cried like a stabbed animal. I can't breathe without him, and he can't without the Queen, and the Queen dies, it's my fault. My love for him desolates me and my inability to keep him freezes me. I didn't know, he whined, his voice almost dry. I didn't think that if I use myself for a lifetime and then throw it away, the time will come to pay. Don't take it from me.
(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.