Ștefan lies in the hotel bed next to Laura. He carresses her and says: Andreea has gone crazy after 30 years in the news business. She thinks she is a star, she cheats on me, she even made me buy her a life insurance. Now it's your time to shine, you are young and beautiful. I poisoned her coffee. It works quickly. I was careful, it's one of those which don't leave traces. Laura gets up and Andreea shows up from behind the courtains: Ștefan, you drank the poisoned coffee. Ștefan tries to get up but he falls beside the bed. Andreea and Laura join lips together in an unholy kiss.

(Translated by Alin Sescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected 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 February 2023, the group has 10,500 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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