It was a Thursday, he had just received that good rabbit felt. He was contentedly touching it with his fingertips when he saw her standing by the window with hats, staring at them. Crazy Sia, some kids were shouting, then knocked her over and she remained stuck there, on the cobblestone, as if she had grown out of it. Make me a big hat, she told him. How big, he asked her. So big that Lord doesn't see me, she whispered and her whisper stuck in his heart as if it had grown from it. Since then, Sia has known no better cover than the hatter's heart.

(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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