Lenuta had six daughters, but kept only two. She gave up the others. She gave three of them there in the village to some richer families who had no children. At least they will have a loaf of bread on the table, she thought. In this manner, she sees them growing. The youngest one was taken by some Frenchmen. They bought them a color TV instead. A good deal, her husband thought. They didn't have money for a new one anyway. Lenuta was not watching TV. Only when she was alone was she watching TV5. That's how she learned French.

(Translated by Medeea Alexandra Stan / 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 August 2021, the group has 7.000 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 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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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