09.01.2022
1, 2, 3. Microphone testing. Can you all hear us? All the way to the back over there, to the little boy with messy hair, who played President? Can the little dark-haired one, who is throwing paper rockets left and right, hear me too? There is the great fair-haired too. Do you really think I didn't see you playing with that golf club under the table? Lovely judoka, get over yourself, I'm really not impressed by your iron eyes. That's it. Mock-ups are over. The real exams are soon to happen. You'll be having them with a colleague of mine. I'm off. Masks off. Oh, no, not the ones you wear on your faces.

(Translated by Ioana Grigoruță / 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 October 2021, the group has 7.275 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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