Mommy, what does it write in the teacher's note? Here it's written that you are a special child and that after the test it turned out that you are far ahead of your colleagues and that from now on you will learn from home. You're organized, honest and disciplined. When he came to his mother's funeral, the famous psychiatrist got his hands on a book. From it, a note fell: your son has been included in the spectrum of this disorder, he's wiping the board four times during the class. Because it bothers the class, I'm asking you to move him to a special school.

(Translated by Ioana Negrea / 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 February 2022, the group has 7,950 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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