The first bruise you gave me was on our wedding night, when you knocked my head against the cupboard because the coffee was neither too hot nor too cold. While I was pregnant you spared me, then I started to hide the bruises behind the make-up to spare our little girl. I promised myself that I was going to leave you, but the only thing that left was that thought, I promised myself to pack my baggage, I only packed the emotional one, I promised myself a life in the light, but I ended up in the dark. And you promised me till death do us part. And you kept your word.

(Translated by Andreea Teodorescu-Colciu / 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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