I have calcium deficiency and I had to go to the doctor, with my mom. The lady doctor is pretty. She asked me my name and how old I was. Tibi, 5 years old. She said I was brave and she approached me with her stethoscope. I got a better look at the colour of her eyes. They were the colour of the sky that I painted yesterday in kindergarten. Not blue, because I was out of blue paint and Adi didn't want to share his, but a light green. My heart was beating faster and faster. I hope I won't end up like Ștefan who's been throwing his homemade meal in the garbage every day since he fell in love.

(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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