His breath stank from afar. I didn't know how to tell the teacher to move me away from him. Yesterday he had eaten garlic. Another time, salami. And onions, yes. He had a very hardworking grandmother, she used to pack the whole garden for his lunch. I didn't say anything about the roe. Today, during science class, he was munching on leeks. I felt like gritting my teeth whenever I heard him crunching. Everyone had their leek on the table, we were just listing its uses in the notebook. I scrunch up my nose and keep quiet. What's next after this class? Games and exercising: Gossip Telegraph.

(Translated by Elena Patricia Măroiu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. dr. Nadina Vișan / Edited 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 October 2022, the group has 9,400 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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