Miss Bravu. The x-rays look good, there's nothing to worry about your lungs. They are as healthy as they can be. But, I just don't want to scare you, there's a problem below the lungs, a stomach problem. I have not encountered a similar situation before, I am a little surprised. If you want to get closer, look here, this white round spot. Do you see it? I see it, Doc, just tell me what is it! An apricot blossom. In fact, a whole apricot with small buds, look here. Maybe you swallowed a raw kernel a long time ago.
The girl smiled mischievously.
(Translated by Alexandra Gruia / 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, 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, Răzvan Penescu, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)
Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.