Well, you don't do anything well, not even by accident, do you? Two years of school for nothing, you just wasted your mother's money while growing bigger. You're killing me, guys, I'm grading your papers and getting a stroke in the process. Thirty pieces of work, from thirty people that murder the Romanian language, damn your emojis and doddering dots. You can't make an ounce of sense from what you read and nothing of what you write makes any sense. What are you saying, what's wrong? What do you mean it's not class XII B? Oops, I'm gone! And erase that blackboard, you've misspelt Rot in Hell.

(Translated by Iuliana Mocanu / 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 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.

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