I'd comitted a perfect murder. I put a strong sleeping pill in a glass of brandy, clinked and waited for her to fall asleep. Then I undressed her and put her in the bathtub full of water. I put my surgical gloves oon, cut her arteries and slipped in the blad between her fingers. It didn't last long. I got dressed and I wanted to go out the door, when I heard his annoying voice: "Hey, Boss, I saw everything. If you don't want me to call the police, you'll bring me Coco every night. And a glass of sunflower seeds. Peeled.

(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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