We'll get the left lung from you. It's okay, you're fine with just one. You'll walk kinda funny, but it's not too noticeable. It's between you and us. And when I inhale? And when you inhale, what? Can I do that with just one? Of course you can, others can do it just fine. Look, I have a weird request. Can I keep it? I'd like to say goodbye to this piece of me. On his release, they gave him a jar. The girl hugged and thanked him. Dear lung, I'll pickle you when we get home. Do you remember running on the promenade? What a nice breeze.

(Translated by Bianca-Maria Ciucașu / 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 January 2023, the group has 10,220 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.

0 comentarii