Lights, street lights, and he was talking blankly next to the girl who lay bleeding. She always came here and tried them without buying anything and we let her because she was beautiful and any model looked good on her. She would smile and batted her eyelashes to everyone and I would melt with delight but also with a strange jealousy. I went berserk when I saw her groped by a customer, and then I urged her to put on the black top hat. She was afraid, as if she sensed that the rabbit would jump at her neck. The policeman was looking at him in horror, sir are you crazy? No, just a hatter.

(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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