hitting her hardinthe face. Blood was quickly dripping from her broken nose. Her right hand was hanging lifeless. The excruciating pain was part of her. With her left hand she was trying to protect the little one from his punches. She did not even have the force to cry anymore. All her strength was gathered in the hand that was saving her life, as she would be dead without the little one. She caught sight of the tip of a boot aiming at her face. A loud noise made her look. He was lying in her pooling blood.

(Translated by Raluca Simion / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. 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 March 2023, the group has 10,790 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, Luchian Abel, and Vlad Mușat. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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