When I got to the Lost Property Office I realized that my watch had stopped. I pressed the door handle with my left hand and held her hat in my right one. The door opened and I was very surprised when I saw in front of me a multitude of hats hanging on the wall. I wanted to say something but a lady with thick rimmed glasses stopped me. I know, you met her on the train, she was gorgeous, she told you that people don't love each other more so they don't get lost and then left, forgetting her hat. Wow. Yes. Yes. You are the 27th.

(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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