17.05.2021

From the moment I step into our house, I become her husband again. I drive away the incendiary images with Ana and take my wife in my arms. I am not making the mistake of being too loving. It would mean just being an amateur. Instead, I compliment her food even though it tastes weird. She smiles strangely at me. It looks more like a grin. Maybe it's just me. Her image fades and terrible cramps throw me to the ground. Did you like it? She asks me as she throws the rest of the food in the trash. I did it just for you. Choke on it, love.

(Translated by Carla-Marina Ştefănescu / 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 April 2021, the group has 5.600 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, Răzvan Penescu, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.

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