The doctor was staring at the blonde head, with the crooked hat, that was smiling from the half open door. Can I? Yes, sure. Michael the Brave, if I am not wrong. Oh, no, this was long time ago. It's over. How so? Eh, they beheaded me. Aha. And you weren't Gaugain? How so? Don't you like the painting hanged behind you? Vahine no te tiare. Did you paint it? It's wonderful. And now? Now I realized that, actually, I am a nobody. A nothing. The doctor grinned and slammed the stamp over the 022385 file: discharge recommended.

(Translated by Andreea Denisa Dinu / 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 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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