The lady was crying her eyes out, that's a fine turn of phrase, by the way. Let's go over it again, lady, what happened with Gore. Oh, what the hell, she killed him. How'd she do it? With words. You know how bad words travel like bullets. And all the bullets she had in her barrel, they all hit him. That's how she shot him, with her machine gun mouth, because her mouth won't shut up, as it were. What about him? He didn't fight back? Didn't he say anything? What else could he say, sir? You think it's easy to defend yourself from the woman's barrage of bullets? I say he had a heart attack.  

(Translated by Cosmina-Florentina Ciobanu / 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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