You lost me on this topic. I tried twice, though. First it was during my master's program, and then again last year. I passed with flying colours the speaking and written tests in English and Spanish. I simply don't get it. Was it my IQ then? Apparently, I'm not cut out for a corporate job and I'm not cut out for video chat either. According to some numerologists I spoke to, I should be lucky with money, but I seem to have run away from it my entire life. I must possess that je ne sais quoi that instantly lets people know I'm bound to fail.

(Translated by Elena Florea / 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 March 2022, the group has 8,050 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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