I don't like that you're laughing loudly, dancing like crazy when you cut carrots, that you like to play loud music and shout from room to another. You are not a racist woman. One night I shot him in my mind: continue from here, I shouted at him and it was heard in the last room. And I danced as I wished on a red rope, with a strong balance, across its black and white borders until morning, feeling my body vibrating over the body of the man I had once fallen in love with, then I left him dead, longing for the woman who had made his life so colorful.

(Translated by Iuliana Mocanu / 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 May 2023, the group has 11,260 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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