They also gave me a class of boomers, Xth P, the class of punks. The headmistress whispered to me: I don't know how much Physics you'll be able to teach them, but keep them in the classroom, because if we let them out, these little assassins are able to set the school on fire. I came up with an idea: a bench competition at the end of each class. Towards the end, Pardalian was leading the way, but he swore at Zambilica and I disqualified him. Walking out the door, he said: See what a prick you are? I come especially for you from Cocioc, and you kick me out. Jerk.

(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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