Once upon a time there was a king's son looking for a wife. And he heard of a beautiful and smart emperor's daughter like there was no other, and he fought with all the dragons to win her hand. And then they had a wedding of 7 days and 7 nights and lived happily ever after. Until one day when the prince got into trouble with the whore Silvia from accountancy, the princess found out and kicked him out of the castle and now she drinks alone and sad every night. Don't you ever be a bad prince like daddy, my dear.

(Translated by Otilia Mocanu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected 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 March 2021, the group has 4.300 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 almost daily. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.

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