Hello, children. I'm your new home room teacher. My name is Popescu, but you can call me home teach. I'll do the roll call. You stand up, say present and say what your parents' job is. Avăcăriței Ion. Present. My father's a bodyguard and my mother's his wife. Sit down. Bubulac Florin. Present. Dad is a mayor and mom a mayor's wife. Florinel, dear, tell them we've got a clogged toilet. Maybe they can send some men to fix it. Zlătaru Apocalypse. Silence. Yeah, Zlătaru Apocalypse, missing.
(Translated by Andreea Ciubuc / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by conf. dr. Daria Protopopescu / 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 December 2022, the group has 9,880 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.