All the blood rushes to her cheek because he hit her. She collapses at his feet, speechless with fear and amazement. The wedding guests who stayed until sunrise can be heard walking away in the alley. In the great hall, someone is cleaning up the tables, then there is silence. She takes off her wedding dress and puts on her jeans and a T-shirt. Yesterday, before he took her away from home, her mother told her: you have to leave from the first moment when he beats you, do you hear me? I got beat up enough for you too. She does not look back, only at the rising sun.

(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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