The king had died on Monday. According to the will, if the Prince did not marry within a maximum of 40 days after the King's death, the Kingdom would go to his cousin. On Thursday, in front of a monitor, the Prince examined the offer of the Spouse Bank, the largest depository of princesses who, in the absence of a pleasant present or a promising future, had chosen cryogenics. For an extra amount, the princess would melt on her feet and die within a maximum of half a year. The prince grinned contentedly: he tried to make him straight, but the dead man from the pit did not return.

(Translated by Oana Georgiana Minea / 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 April 2023, the group has 11,000 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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