I am, in fact, related to the Hohenzollern family. When I see that traditional German architecture, the walls with exterior paintings and exposed wooden beams, I feel like in a story with princes and princesses. I know, the monarchy thing is not fashionable at all, I get that, but without being a Republican. This bloodline thing has always been more of a problem than a privilege. That's why the name has changed. In a corner of the soul, twigs crackle in the fireplace, under the stone vault with wooden beams.

(Translated by Oana-Roxana Dicilea / 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 2022, the group has 8,350 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.

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