TO BE FICKLE, Miss; not TO PICKLE. Where d'you think you are, in boyar Cuișoară's kitchen? You're an Acting student; biggest honour. God, how'd you bring all the idiots here? You say it pensively, Miss, tenderly, not while thinking of pickles. You thought you were eternal, only to find out that everything has an end - that's what it's about. Why the hell didn't you just stay in the kitchen if you're so passionate about that? Fucking idiot. Noo, I'm the idiot, for putting up with your two-bit shit. Oh, it's improv? Well why didn't you say so, dear?

(Translated by Bianca-Maria Ciucașu / 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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