An assassin was swinging on a hacksaw blade and because the blade was strong, another assassin joined him. Two. Two assassins were swinging on a hacksaw blade and. Stefan, what did you do with Sanda's cat, I'm going to kill you, I'll get to the bottom of it. Why did you use the hacksaw on her? Poor woman. Television stations will start calling. You'll end up in juvie. The young man'sface split in a toothy smile. Fifteen years later, Stefan was signing autographs for the greatest horror novel ever written: Thirty Assassins Swinging on a Hacksaw Blade.

(Translated by Florina Șamata / 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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