He had entered the city at dusk. Just like we knew him. A Trojan horse with a red harness. He was more of a nag, but I closed my eyes; the city was dormant and the beauty was bored. I had seen this before and I should have rung the alarm, but no. By sunrise, the Trojan had taken over the city, the tyrant had lost his head, and the girl had left with the victor. These old recipes are invincible. It's not the walls that are difficult to conquer, but the souls. And if you can't conquer them, you poison them. Obviously, from inside. Ten years and a Trojan.

(Translated by Bianca Ioana Prisecaru / 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 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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