What's that? He's some sort of karate pro, only just that the majority of his defensive movements are aimed to his own body. What do you mean, you're beating yourself up? No, no, no, no, you don't understand. It's a technique deep-rooted in the old Christian traditions, which says that if one slaps you on the right cheek, you turn the other cheek to him as well, but also hit it back. The opponent? No, yourself. On your own? Yeah, but it's not what you think. You think so? You show the other that you're the best. Now get lost, you bogus corporate boy. And he smacked him, leaving him exposed to the fury of his own hands.

(Translated by Mihaela Dumitrescu / 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 March 2022, the group has 8,050 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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