Kill him. Put your hand on a stone and hit him in the right temple. Take a knife and stab him. Superficial first. Then deep. Cut his skin lightly, stretch it to the muscles and then to the bone. Twist all his wrists one at a time and then break his bones. Put a noose around his neck and squeeze until his bruised tongue comes out, the eyes are out of orbit and hedoesn't breathe anymore. Undo him, unravel him. Piece by piece. Don't think. Kill him. Do it now. No. Just breathe. One more time. Neighbor, don't be upset, but you parked in my place again.

(Translated by Ana-Maria Muşetescu / 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 July 2021, the group has 6.800 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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