Prâslea, the youngest prince, is looking for a wife, there's commotion at the palace. The princesses parade haughtily, but they're either ugly or they fail the trivia test. The trumpets sound again. Princess Loraine steps into the throne room. A Lacalut smile brightens her no-makeup face. She walks gracefully, she has a wasp-waist and her golden boots adorn her slender legs. Her green eyes stare into Prâslea's and it seems as though a flash of lightning illuminates the throne room. Prâslea whispers to the king: Father, I can see she has potential. I need an extra hour for the practical test.

(Translated by Lucia-Alexandra Brînaru-Mitrofan / 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 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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