Grandpa wrapped up his niece and began to tell the story. Once upon a time, a very beautiful princess, whom her stepmother wanted to kill, but thanks to a good man, she escaped and found herself in a house in the woods. There, fortunately, she sang all day with the birds, danced with the butterflies and the 7 owners of the house. One day, a prince found her and persuaded her to move with him to the palace. There, corsets, uncomfortable shoes, a lot of pretense. You should never put the house in the woods on the city palace.

(Translated by Carla-Marina Ştefănescu / 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 June 2021, the group has 6.650 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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