Dressed in raw green, Ion Hârdău haughtily entered the newsroom. The employees knew that their newspaper had been bought by a scrawny fellow, who made money off of young girls and weed. They burst out laughing when they saw him. We're playing hopscotch with this one, whispered the editor in chief, He's got bran in his head. Ion Hârdău asked each of them to write a text about education, and then announced that they were fired. Hey, he told them, you're embarrassing me, I took my exams on the streets, but I learned from mister Piersic junior how to write skhool correctly, morons.

(Translated by Marta Fulga / 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 August 2021, the group has 7.000 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 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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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