The first day as a teacher. A sweltering autumn. I had taken the hell out of the shuttle from Iaşi. A tram, a creaking train, a matusalemic bus and then I finally reached the destination. The tiny teachers' lounge, crowding into each other. In a corner there was a bucket of water and a tin cup. You there, I say to a dirty and patchy boy, go and get fresh water, don't stare at the teachers. Quietly, the boy got out. A roar of laughter followed him. Buddy, a blonde girl said to me, that is the technology teacher.

(Translated by Delia-Maria Cocoş / 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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