He dunked my head in the toilet, kept me there and flushed it. He pushed me naked into the anatomy classroom. He had me against the gym wall and hit me with all the school balls. He beat me everytime I was in the vicinity of his bruised fist. He made me shed fifty liters of tears per semester. One day a car crushed him on the crosswalk when he was returning from a party. At the funeral I threw over his coffin the last three teeth he broke from me instead of dirt.

(Translated by Alin Sescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected by prof. dr. Nadina Vișan / Edited 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 November 2022, the group has 9,580 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 every few days. 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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