A contest was held throughout the kingdom: whoever built a castle bigger than the one the king already had, for reasons I will express later, immediately in fact, would receive a quarter of the kingdom, because half had already been given in another story, moreover the king would rent him his middle daughter for a quarter of a day, because the rest of the day was, you guessed it, already promised in another Royal contract. As you can probably tell, people only half-believed the king, and this was considered, after a considerable debate, the greatest hoax he ever came up with.

(Translated by Cristina-Bianca Ion / 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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