Notice on the bulletin board: 10th grade students with good academic results have the opportunity to spend a two-week vacation in Rome. Accommodation and transport are provided by the school. The top 10 boys and top 10 girls, in order of overall averages, are eligible. At the end of the year I was among the winners. The vacation was right in Rome. Botoșani County. They transported us in the trailer of a tractor. They put the girls in the dispensary and the boys in a stable. The fun activity was picking the corn.

(Translated by Ana Spînu / 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 September 2022, the group has 9,250 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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