24.11.2022
Good Lord, who made me do this? Woman, you're killing me. Stop bringing it before me, you know I can't help it. My mommy loved me and kept me away. Good Lord. The man punched the wooden door. A woman yelled. Shut up, you bastard. Is it me who gives it to you? You just can't get enough. You whine every day. Everyone in the village knows you. Shut up, woman. You want to kill me. The woman raised her arms, ditched the rake and went inside. The man shouted from the backyard closet. I'm coming. I did it. What's for dinner? I crave some sausages with hot sauce and chili peppers.

(Translated by Alin Sescu / 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 July 2022, the group has 8,750 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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