The princess had a PrinceCharming phobia. In vain did her mother tell her that her time has come, in vain did her father bring the worthiest princes to woo her. Neither the son of the Green Emperor, nor the son of the Red Emperor or of the Blue Emperor made her happy, and she enclosed herself, trembling, in the ivory tower. After a while, the princess kissed her family, rode Thunderbolt, and flew over seven seas and seven lands. There she met a petite Filipino girl. They liked each other and lived happily ever after.

(Translated by Anca Cristina Ilie / 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 May 2021, the group has 6.400 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, 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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