He saw everything. He saw the redheaded woman walk into the kitchen when he was there, kiss his neck while the man was cutting julienned onions, saw her wrap her arms around his back and put a hand in his underwear, saw him pull away from the hug and told her that he wanted to cook the last chicken stew and then leave he and everything behind. He loves someone else. He clearly saw how the woman took the knife and stabbed him in the chest. The parrot flew, but I know for sure that's how things happened because I'm the redhead.

(Translated by Ioana Negrea / 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 September 2022, the group has 9,250 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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