I feel like I'm underwater. I'm walking down the street but the sounds are far away from me, I hope I don't get run over by a car. I just got out of the doctor's and I still don't understand what he said. I have a few months to live. Maybe it's better if I get run over by a car. What can you do in a few months? How can I make all my plans, all my dreams come true in this short period of time? My phone vibrates: it reminds me I have to go to the hairdresser. I stop in the middle of the street and start laughing. Don't be late. I'm off to the hairdresser and then I'll see what else I have to do.

(Translated by Luciana-Maria Buruiană / 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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