He was sitting with her head on her knees, slurping on her sweet smell. He started touching her hands gently and stopped a little at her wrists, then kissed her palms. What's here? My father burned me with a cigarette when he caught me smoking. But the wounds have faded, they don't hurt. He got up full of anger. What's wrong? What's wrong? You put the devil's tail in your mouth. She watched him speechless. I put another filthy thing in my mouth just now and you didn't complain. Wow, that's why you cried when you finished. I'll see myself out, don't bother. This door leads straight to hell?

(Translated by Nina Tufă / 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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