I didn't go to prom because I was poor and ashamed. I was also angry because my mother wouldn't let me go to acting school. She told me, while she was washing something in the sink, that I had no talent and, anyway, you only get into acting if you have connections or are a whore. I didn't have any connections, I wasn't a whore, and I wasn't sure of my talent. I took Foreign Languages: French-Romanian (I had chosen Art History, but the department was abolished). The disappointment of my life. I took drama. I got in on my second try, on talent.

(Translated by Andreea Grințescu / 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 2022, the group has 9,250 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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