Hello. Yes, it's done. How is she feeling? Alexa is good, very good even. She was dizzy for about half an hour, but she's ok now. Yeah. Anyways, there was no other way. I've told her that I, and implicitly us, are not prepared for this. She knows that if she listens to me we'll both be happy. Yeah, yeah. You can come to our place at 19 for a glass of wine. On the other side of the living wall, Alexa looks in the mirror. She touches her empty womb. The pain is burning. Through tears, she practices a smile and says: I'm very well, babe. Thank you.

(Translated by Ioana Busuioc / 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 February 2023, the group has 10,500 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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