Are you sure you made the right decision? Yes. What made you part of our experiment? I can't answer your question. Okay, sign here. Come tomorrow at 9 o'clock. Remember that the surgery may not succeed, so it would be safe to say goodbye to your loved ones. The next day, the patient underwent surgery. His heart was taken out to make room for an artificial brain. The doctor's cat stuck its fangs into the thrown heart on the ground and ran into the garden. Today, the 3 kittens will have something to eat.
(Translated by Ana-Maria Muşetescu / 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 July 2021, the group has 6.800 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.