When they got where they had to, they saw the gate which would give them access to where they had to enter. Having no key, the frog embraced the doorknob with its sticky fingers in a leap and looked through the keyhole, searching for an exit that would grant their entry. The door opened so fast the princess didn't even get the chance to voice her surprise, but not before the frog was absorbed into the lock; maybe this was its hidden power, the ability to open any door. You see, the key had keen in the lock all along.

(Translated by Diana Pașcanu / 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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