Looking through the scope at the mark. Female, 35 years old. Beautiful. Her husband had a good guess. She's cheating on him. The contract is clear. Elimination. She's alone tonight. He didn't come. A glass of red wine. She cries. She drinks. She howls. She drinks. Crouches on the floor. Love trouble? Perfect timing. I hesitate. I can't. Not like this. I want to meet her. That's so stupid. We bump into each other at a bookstore. Same book. We laugh. Coffee. Then dinner. The two of us. Happiness. A while. But he comes back to her. She explains things to me. I leave. I drink. I cry. Looking through the scope at the marks.  

(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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