Top hospital in the big city. A patient hospitalized for stroke, with mild symptoms. Nurses on duty to whom I was sending trays of pâtés and cakes daily, who became kind and conscientious the minute they saw my face. Neurology salon, CT scans, Cardiology, Physiotherapy, MRI. Good evolution for a few days, in a filthy ward, then disaster struck, with no possibility of recovery. Famous doctor apologizing. They had given her the wrong shot. I had come with her on her feet and took her out on a stretcher, she was like a vegetable. Assassins.

(Translated by Florina Șamata / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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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