Mustafa, how is school today? Baba, I have three new friends, they is nice to Mustafa, we ate adana kebab at Obor and went to one of their homes to solve math homework. Mustafa, how is school today? Baba, nice classmates teach Mustafa to solve Romanian language homework, and I tip them for it. Mustafa, how is school today? We have history today and teacher taught about Ottoman Empire fights. Friends don't talk to Mustafa. Never thought we'd learn hate in school.

(Translated by Bianca-Maria Ciucașu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 January 2023, the group has 10,220 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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