I painted my nails black and dyed my hair blonde. I'm wearing a Sepultura t-shirt and a motor jacket. An old teacher tells me I will never be accepted in that highschool because I seem to be a troublemaker, then he finds out I was the first to get in and he will have to accept me as I am. Wear a feminine dress, he asks me often. Everyone likes me and hates me. I wish to be alone, but what I wish the most is that young teachers would stop caressing my hair during classes. So I punch one of them in the face.

(temă în parteneriat cu Ideo Ideis, 2022)

(Translated by Liliana Popescu / 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 August 2022, the group has 9,000 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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