A train departs from point A - behind schedule, I interject, and the youngest Math teacher in our highschool (that's why I agreed to get a tutor) raises her eyes and looks over the glasses she is wearing in my imagination, the silk robe only serves to reveal, I feel the heat typical for 17-year-olds, she lets the heavy cover of the workbook fall and grabs my hand, maybe you should apply to the Faculty of Letters, declare a pair of fiery-red lips, my body feels only the sound of crashing trains, but this is how I learn that 1+1 doesn't make 2, sometimes it's all or nothing.

(Translated by Ioana Diana Sandu / 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 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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