The priest, the policeman, the mayor and the principal at the opening ceremony of the new school year. Dear parents, we gladly welcome the beginning of a new year, in which we will mimic education, just like the last 30 years, because we have no interest, and you have no expectations. See you next year, there may be others instead of you, but of course we'll be the same ones. The mayor, in the principal's ear: The bathroom? You know, after you built a swimming pool on the hill for the ski slope, there was no money left, I invite you to the back of the yard.

(Translated by Andreea-Simona Trufin / 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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