It's always better at school than at home. The teacher at least sees him and talks to him. The day before yesterday, after the priest buried his father, the teacher did not give him any homework and comforted the little boy. Then he commanded the children to behave well with him, otherwise they would be punished. That's whathe told them, he did not say that he would skin them alive, as he usually does. Today, he taught them about grains and how they sleep in the ground and if someone waters them, they wake up and grow. Maybe if he waters the grave every day, mother will see him again.

(Translated by Elena Patricia Măroiu / 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 February 2023, the group has 10,500 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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