Only those who have killed can write honestly on this subject, the rest being beautiful fantasies, more about the number thirty than the murders. It's not easy to kill, especially if it's a paid job, you've got nothing against the mark, whose face you can perfectly see through the scope of your rifle. He loves, he is loved, maybe he has children, grandchildren, who knows? And you must never, ever, think that you are better than your victim. As for pulling the trigger, you do that after filling your chest with air, then letting half of it out. Are you ready? Fire.

(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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