We used to walk a lot, the two of us. And always, at the end of the walk, we stopped at the coffee shop. Next to it was a milliner's. There I was enchanted by the green hat with a peacock feather. It smells like the forest, I said and heard the rustling of the trees. It was summer, it was past lunch and we had walked all the way, with sunburned lips, in a dusty climb. Thirst brought us here, he told me when the wind sang us to a spring. We had lost the path and were only fearing that we would not arrive in time for a cake. It closes at seven. Are we going in?

(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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