Popeye and Olive met at the Timble Theater comic magazine in 1929, where they were models for supporting characters. They met at the casting in the elevator that took them to the 88th floor, where the newsroom was. Olive had just eaten a sandwich with tuna and sauce and there were traces of red paste in the corners of her mouth. Love at first sight in a time of deep crisis, Popeye kissed her for a long time and saved her from unemployment. In '33 they managed to get two roles in a film with Betty Boop. In private she was always My elevator vampire.

(Translated by Andreea Denisa Dinu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. dr. Nadina Vișan / Edited 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 January 2023, the group has 10,220 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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