When she found out my boyfriend's heart beat slower than most, she moved in the basement. Or perhaps she'd always been there, waiting for him with a scythe hanging on a rusty nail. But I want her to give me a little more time with him. We have a few more sunrises to watch together, coffees to enjoy in the garden, countries to visit, we have to tread silently through the birch trees, to make love until we drop. Last night, she knocked on the door three times. I opened it. When I saw how sexy she was, I killed Vasile myself.

(Translated by Bianca Ioana Prisecaru / 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 August 2022, the group has 9,000 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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