Oh my, I will die, you know. This cough is killing me. Ah, the tea. No, it's bitter. Anaaa. A little bit more careful, ok? Oh my, everything hurts. Check, do I still have a fever? No, no I don't. I do, I can feel it, but you have no mercy. Look, I can't even breathe. Stop laughing. Oooo my Gooood. Anaaaa. What are you doing? I am fighting for my life and you don't even care. Uf. I am also hungry. Bring the soup, but you feed me because I can't even stand. Anaaa, it burns. Blow it. Come on, careful. Uf, you better tell mom to come. She knows what to do. Anaaa, what are you doing with that pillow? Anaaa.

(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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