Good afternoon. I am Oana and I am replacing Alina, who has a cold. As the second highest-ranking student in the high-school, I was asked to give a message at the end of the graduation ceremony. That is why I feel like an imposter and from now on I want to say what I really think. I won't come to the reunions. I've had enough of cliques, meanness and unearned grades. So what if you cut off the sound, you think I can't shout? You're all a bunch of hypocrites and I'm glad I'm out of here. Goodbye and have fun at prom.

(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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