I would like a hat for my husband. Of course, what did you have in mind? Honestly, my dear, I was thinking about a fur coat and sex, but it's his birthday. We have Borsalinos, Fedoras, Panamas, but what isyour husband? Rich, make it expensive. I was asking about the size of his head. He has, he has a big head. What about the form? For an elongated face, round hats with a high crown are suitable, for light skin, a gray, brown, or burgundy might work. The face doesn't matter. What is that ridiculous thing? It's a Pork Pie, do you think it might work? It doesn't matter, pack it. I'll come return it tomorrow. Hold the fur coat for me, please.

(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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