Of course ma'am, they are 100% original. Star Hats never lie. Do you think we would charge these prices for some counterfeits? Interested in that wide-brimmed hat? Brad Pitt wore it for 6 years in Tibet. 12,000 seems a lot to you? OK, I'll give you Johnny Depp's Pirates of the Caribbean bandana for 8,000. No, it's not sweat. It's salt sea water, I assure you. Oh, do you like that sailor cap? No, lady, it wasn't worn by Popeye. It was our former President's. What do you mean it's not original? How long would you like the smell of whiskey to last?

(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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