She kind of liked it. She didn't travel anymore but if she fancied Dubai, she would get it at the palace. If she wanted malls, they would materialize. She would get bored during the day but she obeyed the rules. The nights brought her the joy of captivity, while hoping there was no prince charming on the way. But she still opened the forbidden room where the Ogre was enjoying the Old Man's and the Old Woman's Daughter. Its mace was lying on the floor and Cozy threw it against the walls which collapsed and burned. Pretty-boy arrived with the firemen and legend says he is still looking for his girl through the empire's ashes.

(Translated by Alin Sescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 November 2022, the group has 9,580 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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