Why's your hair so disheveled? It's because of the wind. The woman frowns. There was not a trace of wind outside, inside even less. She carefully looked around and then she noticed the wet dress. Where were you? I went horseback riding, said the little girl blushing. The woman froze. She did hear lies before but such nonsense - never! Then she discovered the muddy little shoes right under the nightstand. On the nightstand - an open book. She looked down and read. Prince Charming was lifting the girl on the horse, and they flew together through the deserted length of the sea.

(Translated by Mihaela Guţu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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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