I don't believe in suffering, I shouted and threw his clothes out the window. He looked at me from the sidewalk and gritted through his teeth: you'll be sorry. In the evening I took a bath and drank a bottle of wine. I crawled into the sheets, but they smelled like him. I tore them into strips and put on new sheets. Soft.Silky. I fell asleep immediately, but I woke up sweaty. Something strange in the air. The fire was burning in the fireplace, he was smoking in the armchair. I want turn on the lamp and he says: Do you know you have isopropanol in your hair? Just saying, cause you don't believe in suffering.

(Translated by Lenuța Bejenaru / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 January 2023, the group has 10,220 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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