For some time now, whenever I entered the staircase of the block, the neighbour came out, dressed in her skimpy clothes, she made herself busy, she watered a cactus, she carried the garbage bag. Each time she smiled at me with her eyes and seemed to hint that she was up for an adventure. I, a married man, pretended I didn't know what she wanted, but she was acting more and more damn provocatively. She was delicate and had edible nipples. I could feel the bullet on the barrel. I had to shoot eventually for I would have eventually fallen for her and I was not ready for a divorce.  

(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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