I was his princess and he was my everything: the prince who loved me every day in the 100 rooms, the wizard who snapped his fingers and exclusive dishes lay out of nowhere on the table, the dust in the rooms disappeared or gifts appeared: sophisticated dresses, jewelry, perfumes. The door through which I entered led into a huge courtyard, with walls beyond which only the sky could be seen. I was not allowed in one room. One day, when the prince was away from home, I dared to break the padlock. Beyond the door was freedom.
(Translated by Andreea-Alexandra Șerbănescu / 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 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 Ficțiuni Reale.