before falling into a profound coma and he literally moved to live at the hospital, by her bedside, day and night, moistening her lips, telling her the most beautiful stories, kissing her hands and legs, never losing hope in a miracle.92 days. 276 stories made of their memories, a million sweet and salty drops and the sound of the machines she was connected at. He felt the touch of God. Love is the wing I gave to your soul to get to me. He heard her voice. Andrei, I am thirsty.

(Translated by Raluca Simion / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. 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 March 2023, the group has 10,790 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, Luchian Abel, and Vlad Mușat. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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