The doctor is waiting for you. Melania entered the doctor's office shyly, embarrassed at the raindrops that were still dripping off her umbrella. The doctor was writing away something. He signed the paper and he jumped out of his chair. Take it off, he said without looking at her. I will be with you in a minute. And he went out the door. Melania quickly took off her wet boots, then the dress and the tights and she was still debating what to do with the bra when the doctor rushed into the office, staring wide eyed at the woman's breasts. What are you doing, madam? I just meant take your overcoat off.

(Translated by Jessica-Polixenia-Cristiana Copilaș / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. dr. Nadina Vișan / 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 December 2022, the group has 9,880 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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