When I was in high school, in the ninth grade to be precise, an older boy approached me somewhere near the Roman Square - he wanted me to lend him some textbooks. He was dark- haired and quite tall, really cute. He also wanted to know what grade I was in. Supposedly, he was going to take a university entrance exam, and he couldn't find the ninth-grade textbooks. I wanted to help. I still do. I even gave him my phone number. He may have lost it. He may have passed the entrance exam as well. Or maybe not. Anyway, if he happens to be a member of this group, I'd really like him to contact me.

(Translated by Elena Florea / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 March 2021, the group has 4.500 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, setting their texts within the limit of 500 symbols (in Romanian language, so in English the limit might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise with an almost daily changed topic. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

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

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