Good day, kids. Are you well? Can you hear me? Nicholas turn on the microphone. We have math class first, Maya. Exercise 6. It's not Thursday, Roberto, it's Friday. Yes Ayana, you can use the bathroom. Mateo take the cat outside. Exercise 6, yes Gabi, I saw you have Nintendo consoles. We'll leave it for now. It's good that you washed your hands Ayana. No eating during class, Patrick. We have Math class, Luis. Let's check exercise 6. Yes, Miss Anton, I hear you loud and clear. Mario too. Ah, it's recess already. Damn upgrade. I want to be a teacher again.

(Translated by Jin Cristian Yang / 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 September 2021, the group has 7.150 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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