Prince Charming came in and bowed, a hand at his back. The princess asked: You came because you've heard I have the key to the chastity belt and that my old husband is at war? Yes, but started Prince Charming, but he didn't get to finish. The princess pressed the trap button and Prince Charming fell into the basement, next to the other contenders. They all want me for my charm, I'm tired of this lack of romanticism, she thought. A lively red rose, along with a letter with a wax seal resembling a heart remained on the floor. The princess picked them up and said: Hm, I think I was wrong about this one.

(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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