The husband and his wife were looking at the two boxes which the courier has brought to them. Dear father, wrote the lad, worker in the city for a corporation, I sent you a second brain for each one of you. Now you can work even more. Wife, this kid is still foolish. Another brain is what I need? Mine is already good enough to dig in the garden and to raise the animals. Why does not he understand that we need nothing but to see him more often? Carry these boxes next to the other silly things he sent to us and bring me another slice of apple pie.

(Translated by Beatrice-Ioana Huruială / 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 July 2021, the group has 6.800 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, 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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