Aye, had 'em for love, not for to put 'em to work, what, swear on me skirts. Ielvis, me man, he were a bit drunk every time, he always been, but he love all o' them dearly, he do. He take 'em with him everywhere, teach 'em how it were, how them things work, business, might get in on summat. Come on, lady, 'fore them little ones starve, I have 24 kids with birth certificate, there, two per child, as yeh said yerself. Do I need bring anythin' else for to get them allowances?

(Translated by Cristina Fliter / 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 2021, the group has 6.400 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 almost daily. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, Răzvan Penescu, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.

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