Twelfth grade. Revision. In the last fifteen minutes of class, we're taught another lesson. The day after, midterm paper. I hurry out of the classroom to meet my boyfriend. Romanian and outrageous at the time. The day after, I'm skimming though the last lesson during the break. What the hell, she won't give us this one. She did. First row: the photon. I struggle for some remnants of a definition. The teacher is watching me. You didn't have time to read, I saw you go to the movies. Which one did you see? Mic check, teacher. Whatever. I leave and fly to the park. He's waiting for me. Time for kissing.

(Translated by Diana Mîndruță-Tănăsescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected 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 April 2023, the group has 11,000 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, Luchian Abel, and Vlad Mușat. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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