I have always promised to my parents that I'll have good grades and behave so they let me participate to music festivals, camps, long meetings with friends with the same passion for singing. On the first step exam I got 8.50, at the second one 8.50, on baccalaureate 8.50. The same grade made me a student in one of the hardest faculty, the polytechnic, in the year when the first generation of boomers started uni. I finished with good grades and I got a good starting point in life. I kept my promise. As for my promise to be well-behaved, well, I'm still thinking about it.

(Translated by Maria Cătălina Moisescu / 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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