Nina, how are you, how are you feeling? I heard you had an accident. I had one about two years ago, staying in hospitals with operations and recoveries. Only I know how much I had to push through. I also gave a ton of money, you gotta give everyone a lil' something. Even now I'm strugglin', everything hurts when it rains. I won't even say that I also got covid five times from being so much in hospitals. I'm surprised I'm still kicking. But forget about me, what is going on with you? Wait, I gotta go now. Let me know if you need anything.

(Translated by Alin-Marian Mărgescu / 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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