I don't understand why you don't come closer, little girl, why are you afraid? But, hatter, it still seems unnatural. What if I collapse into another unknown world again? I don't know what lies beyond your invitation. It's not a key, it's not a door. It's a workshop like any other. It's a place of possibilities, not certainties. Hatter, make me a tea of, say, hibiscus, and I'll drink it slowly until you make me a hat to match. But, Alice, that's not possible, or don't you know? By the time I finish the hat, your size will be different.

(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.

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