Your Highness, how should we punish this reprobate? My Highness wants him jailed for life. But we don't have a jail, Your Majesty. My Majesty ordered for a jail to be built. But, oh, it'll be done only in three months' time, Your Grace. Until then, My Grace wants him hung by a tree branch. Hang this knave who dared desire the Queen. But, Your Excellency, Anna isn't a Queen yet. My Excellency will make her Queen. When, Your Eminence? My Eminence has declared: in three months' time.

(Translated by Carla Bețianu / 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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