Lady, Ladybug, fly through the meadow. Take these for anxiety. Try them for a week and we'll see. For insomnia, you can try the other ones I prescribed to you on Thursday, when you said that the ones from last month didn't help. Don't mix them up with the ones for depression, because you'll become lethargic. Don't keep throwing up after meals, because you will die. You have to choose between me and your father. I'm worried about those wounds on your hands. Talk to someone. Wherever you'll land, that's where you'll stand.

(Translated by Oana Ionescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected by conf. dr. Daria Protopopescu / Edited 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 October 2022, the group has 9,400 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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