You know what's cool, really cool? To make victims without killing, Eve whispers to the fugitive holding her by her waist as eager as clinging ivy. Eve is the angel driving a Ducati Monster red as the reflection of her glossy lips. That's what Eve does: she picks up outcasts with no escape, gives them love, care and time, and the result is usually mind-blowing. Criminals return among people and behave humanely. She has saved 30 so far. 30 souls saved or damned, Eve can't decide. She just knows that it's cool.

(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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