A manly sombrero greeted a gallivant tank top that was holding a topper hat's hand. The sombrero, offended, puffed so hard that his berets and accessories turned around surprised. Even a tricorn and bicorn felt that they owed them to put up some boundaries. The Tyrolean stepped back intimidated. The hat pretended not to hear a thing and lightened a hookah. The offensive turban, the bonnet and the cap started laughing and an luxurious Stetson hat smirked. A hat and an ushanka stopped by to drink some liquor and the incident was long forgotten.

(Translated by Anca Cristina Georgiana Mihai / 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 August 2021, the group has 7.000 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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