Hey you zero, you nothing, you pervert, what did you have against that girl in 85'? You weren't even eighteen, that was your luck. Sexual harassment, art. 223 Penal Code. Prison would've eaten you, you would've entered with all the rapists and get out off center. Do you know that girl hasn't recovered since? She never even got married. She's in a sanatorium now, in the fresh air and on pills. She went mad from so much turmoil, thinking of that incident. But not because of what you did to her, but because you got scared and didn't go on.

(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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