She was the best motivational speaker. She bridged the gap between parents and children. But she was always alone. He was intrigued and wouldn't give up until he won her heart. That night, he was watching her wordlessly. Painful marks screamed on her skin. Cigarette burns on her hands. On her legs, long marks from a hot curling iron. Blade cuts on her wrists. And here? Abortion surgery. I was raped. Did you parents do it? I don't even know them. I grew up at an orphanage. Well, then?

(Translated by Diana Mîndruță-Tănăsescu / 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 April 2023, the group has 11,000 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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