The sound of the slammed door makes me look up from my book and notice the twisted expression of the student I'd marked down as absent at the beginning of class. With bulging eyes and a raised voice, he asks: Do you do voodoo? Then, he confesses: I skipped class last week and my tooth hurt. Today, the principal caught me smoking. I haven't studied Bacovia, give me an F. I won't skip class anymore. I swear. I don't do voodoo, Radu, I finally answer. But, if you had studied for today, you'd have known I don't exactly work in a happy place.

(Translated by Bianca-Maria Ciucașu / 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 November 2021, the group has 7.500 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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