On Rue des Dominicans, no. 13, in the gray stone house, Babette lived with her 4 children. Leon was the eldest, but not even in his 7-year-old dreams he couldn't scream as loud as his 1-year-old sister, Yvette. I could hear the screaming every day, and I marveled at the peace and light that flowed from Babetta's whole being. You'd say she's so happy, that she forgave Jean l'imbecile for getting tired of being her husband the day after the wedding, Jean who came back to her a little just to get her pregnant again.

(Translated by Elena Crețu / 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 September 2021, the group has 7.150 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, 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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