The older sister, lazy and evil, went out into the world, passed the collapsed oven and pretended not to see it. The queen bee had no chance, the pear tree was dry, uncleaned. When she met him, he set out to save the kingdom. Can I join you? A girl like you can't travel alone. At the brass bridge, the dragon decided their fate: the emperor's eldest son ran back to the castle. Who do you leave me to?, cried the girl. It's like me, he thought, damn it, why not? And they lived happily ever after.

(Translated by Medeea Alexandra Stan / 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 January 2022, the group has 7.830 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 every few days. 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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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