Once upon a time, there was princess. Let's call her Sweetie. She lived in the dessert. I mean, she liked sweets so much that her father, Coldie (he was treating everyone with a cold heart), built her a huge amandine cake instead of a palace. One day, Sugard'Eclair asked her to be his wife. They got married and lived in a seven-layer cake. They cakept living like that until her noble husband was killed by DiaBetes. Sweetie began to cry, her tears flooded everything around her until she was left alone in the midst of an ocean. An ocean of sweet water.

(Translated by Elena Creţu / 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 April 2021, the group has 5.600 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, setting their texts within the limit of 500 symbols (in Romanian language, so in English the limit might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise with an almost daily changed topic. 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 Ficţiuni Reale.

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