The bride was extremely pale, her skin leaving purple trails on the satin dress. She was not smiling, but her gaze was focused on everything around. Like cat, thought the groom's mother. At midnight, on the last ding-dong, she stood up swiftly and grabbed the mother-in-law by her doll-like plump neck, raised her up, banged her on the table and lustily bit into her carotid. She was sucking her blood with her mouth hooked, searching for her groom with dilated pupils. She killed him and then left towards the moon-lit exit, holding hands with the guitarist.
(Translated by Ioana Grigoruţă / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 March 2021, the group has 4.500 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, setting their texts within the limit of 500 symbols (in Romanian language, so in English the limit might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise with an almost daily changed topic. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)
Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.