I was scheduled for today. 40 weeks, it's time, I have to give birth. Ma'am, the doctor is absent, but you can come to my office. What am I to do then?Do I give birth there? Not at all. Wait a little longer. But I can't tell the baby to go back in if he starts popping his head out in the world, can I? Don't worry, I'll give you an injection and delay the outcome for two hours. By the time the woman awoke, she had already given birth. He was floating in a huge jar with the baby in his arms. I never thought I'd learn how to pickle. People. Tasty people.  

(Translated by Medeea Alexandra Stan / 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.

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