She tore out her hair from her head and clumps of what had once been her crowning glory fell onto the floor, stained with his blood. She had hit his headhard with the rusty poker behind the stove. He had fallen and she had continued to strike blow after blow until she felt his brain spreading everywhere. She took the pliers from the drawer and began to pull out his teeth, one by one. She wanted to completely mutilate him for all the years of abuse in which she had died a little at a time. 3,600 seconds had passed since she had called the police.

(Translated by Lucia-Alexandra Brînaru-Mitrofan / 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 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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