Every time we moved to another house, my parents carried with them an old, faulty copier. My father was smiling at him in some way. My mother was dusting him off with a suspicious tenderness. My twin brother once caught her whispering something to her. I knew that broken box was hiding a secret. Then one day I found out the mystery. When our parents bought their copier, drank a bottle of wine and loved each other all night. The first two children came out after nine months. That's how I found out it's not the stork that brings the kids, it's the photocopier.

(Translated by Denisa Dărăban / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 January 2021, the group has 3.000 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, 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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