Her mother had bought her hats even since she was little. Appropriate to her age. She had her secret shop. She had gone through all the stages: hats, bonnets, caps, hats. With emotions to match: from ridiculous, stupid, beautiful, envied, she ticked them all. Years passed. Hats lay scattered about in a time she no longer wanted. Slowly, she started to feel cold. And deserted. One morning, mother's eyes, smiling from behind the sky, under the border embroidered with light, showed her the shop. Her head is now safe. From cold, empty, pain.

(Translated by Oana Georgiana Minea / 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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