Mario and Luigi were the most famous twins in the whole of Naples. Although they were identical twins, they looked nothing like each other. How so? The two were born with an anomaly, they had no colour in them, only when someone came near did their faces colour. So when their mother looked at them, Mario had blue eyes and blond hair like Father Aldo and Luigi green eyes and brown hair like Cicio, the baker. Married, the two became identical, with dark hair and skin like Nino, the mulatto sailor, a mutual friend.

(Translated by Andreea-Iulia Ciucă / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. dr. Nadina Vișan / Edited 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 December 2022, the group has 9,880 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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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