He was definitely of royal blood. That was perfectly clear because his mother was one of the voivode's daughters. But nobody could venture into telling who the father of the child was. Some people were swearing that he was a highborn boyar, others that he could be a simple servant of the palace or, as some of them said, even a peasant or a stable hand. Hearing that it isn't known exactly whose child he is, the sovereign gathered all his courtiers and servants in the yard of the palace and asked them a single question: Who's his dad?

(Translated by Camelia Diaconu / 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, 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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