He made good money selling hats displayed on mummified heads, but he was beginning to feel the need for a different angle. He was looking at a woman who was trying on the tenth straw boater hat and making a fuss about getting dandruff from the fluff on the mummy's skull. Her breasts and bottom were so jiggly, that an idea struck him. He invited the customer into the office to apologize, but the lady never came out. The shop closed early, and the next day it opened fresh with caps hanging from two erect nipples and small boater hats placed on two big curvy buttocks.  

(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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