Doctor Dumbravă locked himself in his office, slamming the door to put an end to the journalists' insistence to talk to him. He had nothing to say. Even if he had spoken, a scream would have filled the hospital and scared away the curious ones. Let him write about it, about his madness, let the medical world be horrified by Dumbravă's new stunt. There's nothing sensational about the beautiful, perfect cut that separated the conjoined twins' bodies. He felt guilty. What God unites, no man separates. Not even Dumbrava.
(Translated by Otilia Mocanu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 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.