He was staring at the wall where a PowerPoint presentation was running. His zenith blue eyes were now filled with a nadir red. His forearm snapped like a breadstick crushed by the unseen's greedy fingers, his bones crumbling like sand sticks in the glare of a sun blinded by darkness. Within seconds she was dead. Heart attack. And to think he was the C.E.O. of a fictitious front business for the flesh trade. A huge sum was now being transferred to the Yama Islands. Bitter coffee from the hand of a sweet stranger.

(Translated by Luciana-Maria Buruiană / 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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