He looked at me with those big eyes, in tears. He has a resigned and somewhat touching expression on his face. "I can't do it". "Yes, you can, that's right". "I can't". "Yes, you can". "No, I don't". "Yes". "Aaaaahhh". Think of the moments when he came home drunk and abused you both. "Yes, but". "Remember he ruined your childhood"." It's dad". "He's a monster". "Fuck. He is not the victim, you are". "I know, but I can't". "Take the can, like so, pour it all over". "Shut up once and get out of my head". "That's how you turn it on, now get out". "Wait, what are you doing? You're going to die here". "Nooo".

(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 June 2021, the group has 6.650 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 almost daily. 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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