In the chiaroscuro of the bar, he felt he was being followed. She turned slowly and met his gaze: staring at him. She joined him and offered him something to drink. My name is, she began, but he interrupted her: don't tell me. They left together. In the back alley, he kissed her, then broke her neck in one short motion. He put her in the car and drove her home. The sound of her head bumping from step to step punctuated his descent into the cellar. He took the spade that was waiting for him leaning against the wall and buried it with the other 29 women sent to kill him.

(Translated by Iuliana Mocanu / 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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