I would like an expensive hat, dear seller. How can I help you, dear buyer? Sorry, I think it was the other way around. We don't have any, said the salesman whose head could barely be seen from a pile of hats. What a pity, because I don't have a lot of money either. And this amount of money, is it plentiful? Unfortunately, it is. Well, don't give it to me. I won't give it even if you give me that Carpathian deerskin hat. Don't wear it well. Don't have a good day. What he didn't add was: eat your hat out before you visit our shop again.

(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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