It was alright, but make me sandwiches like the others have, because every day you only pack me crickets and grasshoppers. Can't you put in a few worms and a few earthworms? In the music class I learned new manele from the classics: Vijelie, Salam and Ciorbă. In Romanian, he told us about the Transylvanian School; he said it was old, wooden and run-down. In maths, he made me draw two parallel lines and kept pestering me to tell where they were going. He also told me that they lead to infinity. He's a cool guy; with my myopia, I can't see to the back of the class, but he sees to infinity.  

(Translated by Adrian-George Ilinca / 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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