When I die, be very careful with my hat. Choose an elegant one with a veil, like I've always wanted to wear. It has to be the color of my suit. Classic tailoring and an elegant jewelry set. And stiletto shoes with a 12cm heel. You can't see them, but it doesn't matter. The hat is the most important. That's how people will remember me. Not for what I was, not for what I did, not for what I gave, not for what I forgave. You know what? I'll go put it away at the store. Make it easy on you.
(Translated by Anca Cristina Georgiana Mihai / 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.