Mahabharata? Are you crazy? And The Story of the Short-Sighted Teenager. If teach does not lend them to us, I'll steal them. She lured us in here, we steal them, read them, and bring them back, she won't have a clue. Miki, my partner in crime, rose on a stack of books and read aloud: Maitreyi. Cool, put it on the list. Gal, I can't see a thing anymore, they locked us up in here. Deeply immersed in reading we didn't notice the passage of time. The moonlight had entered through the narrow window. For a while our classmates kept shouting dykes at us. Silly guys.

(Translated by R.C. / 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 March 2021, the group has 4.300 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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