one I send to work for me; another to do my shopping; the third I have trained in how to pick up men. I sit in my bubble, comfortable, and watch movies. I want to protect myself from pain. In a relationship, the beginnings are always fascinating, then slowly the butterflies drown in the guts. It wasn't until the day I discovered the perfect man when I destroyed all my clones. I was living an unreal love. Total happiness. After about 10 years, I found out I was madly and ideally in love with an architect's clone.

(Translated by Angelica Ioana Curcan / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. Eliana Ionoaia / 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 January 2023, the group has 10,220 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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