It was supposed to be a relatively simple intervention. A laparoscopic stent. The image slid down the walls of the artery and stopped in a space that didn't appear in any anatomy atlas. It wasn't a malformation, the surgeon had simply discovered a hidden spot. A chamber in the heart pumping something invisible. He thought maybe it was the soul's home. Then when his pulse resonated with the patient's he saw the bright light and realized it was just a doorway. The soul is everywhere.

(Translated by Oana Irina Oprea / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 October 2021, the group has 7.275 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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