I was around the third grade and the school bully who took my packed lunch almost everyday was annoying me. On that particular day, though, I had reached my limit. I couldn't stand it anymore. I positioned myself in front of Georgie, that was my nightmare's name, without saying anything. Well, you got the grub ready?. I didn't reply. Hey, what's wrong with you? Are you deaf?. I didn't drag it out any longer and punched him square in the face. As tall as he stood, he toppled over. All our classmates watched it go down. Our duel lasted only 10 minutes. We then became friends.

(Translated by Ioana Diana Sandu / 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 July 2021, the group has 6.800 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 almost daily. 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 Ficţiuni Reale.

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