There is no vengeful woman. We are all angels, we have just come among men and are looking for comfortable places. We smile, we tittle-tattle, we gossip, but we never take revenge. We don't know how to be treacherous, mean, we don't know how to lie or sow the seeds of discord. Our minds are not prepared for such a thing. Because we are angels, I told you before. Rarely, when it is needed, we do sharpen that Adam's rib and thrust it thirstily into the enemy's eye. But otherwise we are angels, barely able to flap our wings.

(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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