The beginning was promising. My mother, a pediatrician, sensing that I would be taller than all the teachers if I stayed at home another year, sentenced me to go to school from the age of 6. Although I was the youngest of the children, they all reached my belly button. I endured with dignity the question from other parents \'is she a repeater?' and walked into class, forever cursing the school, like a true repeater who doesn't want to learn. I'm 45 years old now and I haven't served my time yet. They demoted me. Today I'm teaching the students.

(Translated by Andreea-Daniela Vasilache / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 November 2022, the group has 9,580 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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