Once upon a time there she was: a perfect little girl. And the wolf ate her. When she grew up, her stepmother chased her off to the woods with a knife, to live with some old dwarfs, because they couldn't see so well so they could stand her flawlessness. No prom, no glass slippers. But that damn mirror, mirror on the wall kept irking her mother, until she made her eat chokecherries. And that's how the cozy life ended. She met the prince, and they were banished from heaven. So, less perfection, if you please, otherwise you'll frigging pay for it.

(Translated by Bianca-Maria Marinescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. dr. Nadina Vișan / Edited 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 October 2022, the group has 9,400 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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