Officially, I have no descendants. In fact, I think I have hundreds, maybe even thousands, as I donated sperm in my youth. Tall, slim, dark-haired with blue eyes, I was the ideal donor. The dream of any woman seeking premium chromosomes. My mother was very proud that I resemble her family, not my father's family of midgets. She always said I looked like her handsome brother. I guess my sperm did its job. One thing I don't understand, though: how the hell did they separate them from the brown-eyed, sausage-faced ones belonging to my dad.

(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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