I met her at a convenient time in my life. She was that kind of a non femme fatale, she seemed to be staring life in the face rather than at me, as I was just beginning to take a glimpse of it. What intrigued me, in the end, was the strange impression that, out of all women, she was the only one who could insinuate herself while at the same time just waiting. Soon, without having thought about her yet, except perhaps fleetingly, between two habits, I understood: Juliette had a gun that was already discharging. And I was the straightforward target.

(Translated by Diana Stănescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 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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