Hatter, Rabbit says I'm late. Where does he say you are? Ah, so he always says, but fear not, enter my magic workshop; I have exactly what you need. Absent minded, he led Alice among the shelves with thousands of hats, one more special than the other, reaching a chest full of such hair accessories; he reached deep and pulled out one, which he spun on his hand in the air in front of the mirror, while grabbing with the other hand her reflection from the mirror, sticking it to his clone and thus creating a naughty wheel.

(Translated by Andreea Denisa Dinu / 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 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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