He's a good man, she said to herself. She watched him sleeping with his mouth open. One of his canines was missing. That's how she knew him. He had prominent canines, but only three. You'll become like me, he assured her, and he kept his promise. He was the only one who made her feel like she was in a time-traveling capsule at the speed of thought, but she didn't expect that to mean he'd get a canine out of her at the first fight. He'd been beating her regularly ever since, especially when she ran out of money to give him. My darling, she whispered, smiling discreetly in the corner of her mouth.
(Translated by Anca Maria Florea / 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.