What do you mean who? Radu. Wait, that's not her name anymore, she has a difficult name now. The one with four kids. The one who quit acting and joined a cult. A friend of hers told me. Anyway, she wasn't very talented. What's wrong with them all, they give birth and then go crazy. Well, she gave birth four times, she insisted. Man, why would you need so many kids? Why bother? Well, I think she likes it, you know what I'm saying. Apparently, she's back to acting now. She's in a movie with a bunch of manele singers and she's messing around on tik-tok.

(Translated by Oana-Roxana Dicilea / 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 April 2023, the group has 11,000 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 every few days. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, Răzvan Penescu, Luchian Abel, and Vlad Mușat. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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