Vera and Pricop entered the store. What do you need a hat for? he said. I need it. Just like I needed shoes, blouses, stockings and you didn't let me get them, because we don't have money. I've had this bra since I was a C cup. For 30 years you didn't let me have anything. Okay, fine, but why do you want a hat with a black veil? he asked. I'll be needing it in a few days, did you forget those mushrooms you had for lunch? Pricop gave a short gasp and fell to the floor. Vera knelt down and whispered to him: From the first survivor's pension, I'm getting five D-cup bras.

(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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