Rodica, let's love each other. I can't, Costel, because my head hurts. What is going on with you, that your head hurts so often? Should I give you an painkiller? Don't you want one? I also asked you mother because your headaches scare me. She started laughing, because you're just like her. But I'm not leaving you now. I also went to the pharmacy and bought from all the headache pills see what's good for you. The pharmacist laughed, but I didn't understand why. If it doesn't get better, we'll go to the doctor. What, you're already fine? Rodica, don't jump on me. Rodicaa. Ah.

(Translated by Andreea Theodora Drăgan / 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 every few days. 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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