So what would have been the odds of playing Russian roulette in 3 and everyone being dead? The rule: all 3 of them shoot at the same time. 2 men and a woman. There's an in and an out in each of their temples. You could tell they were standing when they did it. One of them, falling, had hit his jaw on the base of the white marble fireplace and seemed to be grinning. He had clearly been the first. The second had fallen over him. His eyes were closed. Only she had fallen theatrically, into an armchair, her temples bloody but her right eye still blinking.

(Translated by Cristina Ioana Bontea / 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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