Hey Rusu, is that really you, bro? It's been forever since we last chilled after high school. What's good with you, man? I saw on Facebook that you're a writer now, damn, you've come a long way since you used to struggle in my class. Hang on a sec, I gotta run into this store real quick to grab a couple bottles of CH3CH2OH for a barbeque. I'll fill you in later, I'm kinda in a hurry. But hey, speaking of class, did you ever look at the big picture of the course catalogue beyond Chem, where you gave me a 6? Anyway, it's dope to see you again, man!

(Translated by Andreea Tobă / 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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