Here, said Victoriţa the Surgeon looking into her patient's eyes, you have a sign of tears, dear. Tears and pain from God. These warts under the breast are an eternal sign that there is suffering at a women's house. You get lipomas and other things like that, you can't work anymore. They have to be pumped until the wart is as small as the little finger. She spat in her palm and put on the surgical gloves. Alright, we will operate you. Because of the worried looks, she added: with anesthesia, dear. She lifted her orange skirt and got out two bottles. Plums or apricots?

(Translated by Diana Simulescu / 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 March 2021, the group has 4.300 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 almost daily. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.

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