You caught me off guard with this question and I spontaneously answer \'not much'. Because no one's ever asked me this before. Maybe because I was always thinking that I only have money for the tram and my oesophagus hurt again from all that dry gulping at the sight of the basket of hot pretzels on my 10 o'clock break. I didn't feel like a duck treading water, just eternally apathetic. Ah, but if we're talking about the school of life, that's another matter. Straight A's for all those pranks, plus awarded at the end. My Romanian teacher, G. Călinescu's student, looked for me. She smiled.

(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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