The modern Greek teacher, who has the body of a god concealed by a shirt, jeans and sweater, and a face resembling the Prison Break guy's concealed by glasses, was cleaning the blackboard. The Foreign Languages girls - and I think even the monk from the Department of Classical Languages - were watching him in a trance. Someone sighs suggestively. Today we are going to learn suffixes, he says looking at us with his sky-blue eyes. Long strings of curved characters fill the blackboard, and our local god didactically murmurs like Jungle Book snake, Kaa, ύπνος, ύπνωση.

(Translated by Ioana Diana Sandu / 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 April 2022, the group has 8,175 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 every few days. 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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