He cried for a week at the first death, a few nights at the second and after 2 years, his mind only stayed at all the paper work to be done after each death. He couldn't remember their names, He called them different names that eventually got erased from his mind. On Christmas shift, he stood still when patient 022385 got to the emergency room. He told the patient's family that they had done everything in their power, but his heart was too tired to remain awake. On 02.23.85, he drank his first beer with his father and that day he was with another patient he couldn't mourn after.

(Translated by Luciana-Maria Buruiană / 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 December 2021, the group has 7.750 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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