Did you take the medicines? Yes. I think so. You think so or you took them? I don't remember. Ok. What do you remember? I remember standing on the bench in the yard, that your mother gave me water to drink. Then you probably took them. Perhaps. And what do I do now? It's bad if I give you the medicines again because you take a double dose and you'll feel sick. If I don't give you the medicines, you'll feel sick. What do we do? Should we try harder to remember? Her mother couldn't have given him the medicines because she has been dead for some time. But she was there for her father.

(Translated by Diana Stănescu / 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 August 2021, the group has 7.000 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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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