You've got the bare necessities: underwear, slippers, diapers. Some formalities and we'll get him in the ICU, the nurse in the back said, after having been there for a day. Silence. Near the window, with the mask on, I struggled to get out of the straps and I prayed: get me out of this hell. In a day, I got to my destination. Free, breathing spring with every pore, my face in full view, alongside all the others. Even about this situation, the opinions were split: many said that I was actually lying down the hall in some black plastic bag.

(Translated by Andra Daiana Păuna / 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 April 2021, the group has 5.600 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, setting their texts within the limit of 500 symbols (in Romanian language, so in English the limit might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise with an almost daily changed topic. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, Răzvan Penescu, 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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