I entered the clone workshop determinedly. What do you want, sir? asked the craftsman. I would like a clone to do all my daily chores, but also to experience my pain, my disappointments, to suffer in my place. I want to lead my life without a care in the world. It's a hard thing to ask for, and very expensive. Still, I think I have what you need, but only women can do that. Men wear out quickly. All right, I'll take my leave. He walked to the back and I heard two deep sighs. Then he came back, accompanied by two women: they were my mother and my grandmother.

(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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