Well, your grandma actually had six kids, Iuli, Măria, Doina, Ionucu and then two twins, Suzana and Rozana, but they perished young, at only six months old, from bad lung fever. I swallow hard. And my great-grandma? She had twins as well, two boys, your uncles, you haven't met them. And you didn't? I'm asking fearfully. No, my dear. Be careful, she says laughing, that the twins came after the mothers reached their forties when they weren't expecting other kids. Yes, I am, I am careful; I'm laughing as well, clutching to my chest the bag with the pregnancy test.

(Translated by Camelia Diaconu / 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 June 2021, the group has 6.650 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 almost daily. 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 Ficţiuni Reale.

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