As soon as he arrived in Colțunaș village, the young Lord bought the village of Deșteblegi and started to make a holiday village. As they saw him, the peasants of the village started snooping around him and offer him undeniable offers, hoping that he would fall in love to any of their daughters and get rich. While the day was long and the night was short, there were always queues in his yard, on two rows. The Lord would try them and send them back, saying forever alone, and so his name remained, Forever Alone is a Lord not yet married.

(Translated by Laura-Elena Dobrin / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 March 2023, the group has 10,790 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, Luchian Abel, and Vlad Mușat. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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