And you are trying to read on the doctor's lips what you just heard, that you only have three months to live as if you want to double-check. And yes, you can do chemo or radiotherapy that would extend your life another three months,a period as white as hospital sheets, a period filled with surgeries and drain tubes. And you'll have to tell your mom she has canned goods in the cupboard that will expire long after you. And you have to somehow be able to cram all that love for your little girl into three months. And you realize it's already Thursday.

(Translated by Ana-Maria Batog / 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 May 2023, the group has 11,260 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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