Little Brianna was waiting patiently in her hospital bed with her hands clasped in a prayer she had learned from her grandma before she died. Two days after the funeral she had woken up with her eyes glued shut and what appeared to be a more aggressive pinkeye, had left her completely blind. When the nurse came into the room to prepare her for surgery, Briana held out her right hand and said: I left a drawing on the fridge for you, I drew it last night. Maria turned her head and saw the face of her dead baby boy. He's fine, M.

(Translated by Mălina Ioana Butaru / 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 September 2022, the group has 9,250 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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