As I stand with my head like this, on one side, I can see the edge of the window and a titmouse with its head on one side looking at me. I'm tied with bandages on my hands and feet. Last night, when I was hospitalized, I kicked a nurse in the face. Then they tied me up. All I had asked for was a bottle of water. This morning he came with a swollen jaw and a bottle of water. He put it on the table next to me. Let me drink, moron. Let me drink, damn you. I'm dying of thirst. Die, you junky. Die, junky, said the bird.

(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 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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