You're shivering, Silvi. Are you cold? A little, my dear. Cling to me. They waited for the bus in the rain, shivering, the tips of their noses frozen. Did you like today? Mm-hmm, it was the best present ever. You know, I've always dreamed of having an English hat and going to the theatre. I'll get you one next payday, if you promise to wear it on our anniversary. He smiled warmly and warmed her hands in his. The next day, he picked her a lovely hat from his own shop. He didn't want her to know he was a millionaire. She'd feel awkward.

(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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