He was looking at his handiwork with delight. Since he escaped, it was his third victim, but the blonde and curly girl was the most beautiful. Now she looked more mature, as if alongside death, she was also gifted with wisdom. He needed to fix the stage, he was very careful with the details. With her arms wide open, she looked like a flying angel. The head titled sideways and the chin slightly raised suggested pride. Something was missing. With a faded grin on his face, he took the knife and started to carve his signature on the girl's belly: 022385.

(Translated by Andreea Denisa Dinu / 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 December 2021, the group has 7.750 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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