The buckthorn-skinned stag was no longer reluctant to finish the exhausting journey he had made since rescuing Princess Wow from the clutches of the soul-eaters. Ivan stroked his hair-grazed neck, ruffling the yellow, velvety hairs on the back of his neck, a sign that they were on the right path to the Enchanted Bestiary. Left alone, he decided to roll call in the noisy satchel, seeking also the help of an ogre. He plunged into it, where many thought that's where Hell was, when in fact he found worse, for he was the guardian of the Land of Nowhere.

(Translated by Lorina Xiaoyu Hou / 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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