At first they wrote to each other, then they saw each other. She was obsessed with him. She had filled an entire wall with newspaper clippings that had made him famous. At dawn they got married and in the evening they had a marital meeting from which the woman did not leave alive the next day. He was to be executed at sunset anyway, and she desperately wanted to be his wife, his last mistress and victim. She wanted to die with the greatest serial killer in history. In fact, the record was hers, but no one had caught her.

(Translated by Alexandra Gruia / 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 September 2021, the group has 7.150 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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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