Aurica is well. She weighs 810 grams and is very naughty. She does somersaults, acrobatics and all sorts of baby tricks. My placenta is a comforting and safe aquarium for her freedom of movement. She is delighted with everything that happens in her world. She resembles you. The doctor says the sun will rise much earlier in the beginning of May. Everybody will come out of their homes, put their hands together in prayer, and listen to how God blesses a new miracle. Put your lips here. Can you feel her?

(Translated by Oana-Roxana Dicilea / 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 February 2022, the group has 7,950 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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