Take it off, he said. No, she replied. Take it off, he said. No, no, she replied. Take it off, he said. No, no, no, she replied. I like it when you play hard to get, take your clothes off, he said. No, she said. He gave her a first punch. She no longer said no. She cried softly. Undress, he said. The perverted old man is now drooling. She takes off her clothes as she was told. The drunken old man starts unbuttoning his pants. He lets them drop. The girl cries, keeps protesting, as he undresses further. She looks at him with naked hatred. And now what. Now put it back on, he says. Just kidding.

(Translated by Oana Ionescu / 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 December 2022, the group has 9,880 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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