Let the flies and bearded vultures eat it. Let sun, rain and wind beat down on him. Let him be parched with hunger and thirst. Let no help be given him. And let it be a lesson to the wicked who would dare to seek to usurp my throne by making defamatory writs and breaking the laws of the kingdom. Let the outcast lie in the torments of his own transgression until the doom is fulfilled. My lord, but where shall we find this Prince Charming? Where? Ask the group, for he blocked me so I can't access him.

(Translated by Liliana Popescu / 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 January 2023, the group has 10,220 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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