She had been found in the ice cave. In the laboratory, they had extracted her from a sort of chrysalis, and everyone fell silent. She was of a phantom-like beauty. Autopsy would have been a sacrilege. And so the A-team was assembled. A group of specialists and their blood-borne avatar, reduced to the size of a pea, were introduced into her body through the carotid artery. We passed by a group of red blood cells, and then a platelet. Curiously, the temperature dropped below zero degrees. It is a heartwound. It's blooming. Petals of light. They attract us and we cannot resist. She liiives.

(Translated by Beatrice-Ioana Huruială / 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 April 2023, the group has 11,000 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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