She took off her latex gloves, sat down at her desk and looked at him with the purest blue eyes. I recommend moderation, she began. At least for the duration of the treatment. He looked at her Marilyn-red lips and slightly pointed white teeth. And, as a piece of future advice, it is easier to prevent than treat. He frowned as she casually ran the tip of her tongue over her lips. Pink, wet. He wondered how she would feel, with her lips on him. He handed her the prescription and said softly: Penicillin 2.4 million IU intramuscularly. Spirochetes are no joke.

(Translated by Delia-Maria Cocoș / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected 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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