The ball was in full swing. The princess sneaked up on the fire escape, holding this evening's chosen guy by the hand. I got the sturdiest of them all. He's no prince, nor is he wearing any cologne, but I hope he'll turn out to be deft enough, she thought. They went into the room. Her rich garments and his more modest ones flew in the air. Not even half an hour in, a scream rocked the ballroom's chandelier. Ahhh, I have never felt such pleasure before. The man smiled: I'm Cinderella's coachman, enjoy it while you still can. After midnight, I'll turn into a mouse.

(Translated by Adelina-Maria Mănăilescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected 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 February 2023, the group has 10,500 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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