On the first day, she tripped on everything, even the grass, and started swearing: to hell with you rabbit, what madness have you driven me into. Then she found the house, and there, over her second cup of tea, he asked a rudely brave question: Mad Hatter, do you think your world is welcoming to me? It's upside down, but I like it because it's just like you. But what's the use, she corrected the idea, I'm just a stranger. Don't be silly, Alice, keep your head on your shoulders, but don't think too much, so you can feel. And he smiled strangely at her, and Alice's heart beat two seconds into one: she was home.

(Translated by Andreea-Alexandra Șerbănescu / 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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