She was fixing with a stare the icon on the opposite wall. She would've prayed, but she didn't know what to say. She'd asked for mercy, strength, more for her family than herself. After her treatment, the nurse told her she'd bring her the MRI scan results. Then she'd take her to radiotherapy. They gave you just two drugs, they gave me three. How much were they? Did they give you the red ones? Those make your hair fall out. Oh. She couldn't stand it anymore. She felt like leaving and following her nose. Here's the results. I'm not going anywhere. Yes, I am. Home. To my girl. She lifted her eyes to the icon. Thank you.

(Translated by Ioana Ștefan / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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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