I was assigned the class of boys, many of whom had been through re-education schools. I walked into the classroom smiling, even though the silence was frightening. I knew I was going to be tested. On the back of the chair, there was coiled a snake taken out of the formalin jar. Some bugs were crawling on the chair, and Tomita had put some tarantulas in my hand. I asked them to clean my desk. Won't you yell and tell the headmistress? No. The next day I remained captive in the spider web made out of magic tape, and on the third one, I discovered some cool boys.  

(Translated by Florina Șamata / 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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