Barbu, leave those snails and tell us what homework we have for today. We were supposed to memorize the poem The Mill Monument for today. Wrong. Sit down,you have an F. Minulescu, stop that ruckus. You answer this question. For today we had to learn by heart, that iscommit to memory, the poemOD to a Nightingale. Come on, Minulescu, are you for real? Sit down, F minus. What am I going to do with you? You will never take the final exam. Yes, you moron, put your hand down and tell me. Ode to a Nightingale. Well done, Cartărescu.Tell us.My heart aches for I learned how to pickle...Ok, sit down, you have an F, too.

(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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