but it's no big deal. When the teacher would give us a problem, the boys wouldn't even get started on it, because I would already have found the solution. Still, I was a nobody to them. When I would say "Hello", they would look away. They only saw me when they kicked my ass. After a while, I switched tactics. On any problem, I started well, but at the end of it, I deliberately screw it up, something like 1+1=7. Now they accept me. Today they invited me out to a café: Berti, you can have a strudel and a soda on us, if you explain your nonsense about the relativity of time and space.

(Translated by Ana-Maria Batog / 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 July 2022, the group has 8,750 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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