Children, today we will learn the conjugation of verbs. Ahmed, can you conjugate the verb to shoot? Yes, Ma'am, Ahmed can. Please. I shoot, you shoot, he, she shoots, we shoot, you shoot, they shoot. Sit down. Please repeat after me: I shoot, you shoot, he, she shoots, we shoot, you shoot, they shoot. Now, according to this model, written on the board, does anyone know how to conjugate the verb to pickle? Mahmoud, you know? Mahmud knows, Madam. Please, Mahmoud. I pickle, you pickle, she pickles, we pickle, you pickle, they pickle.   

(Translated by Medeea Alexandra Stan / 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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