Three kings from three lands across three seas and three countries sent their sons to kill the three-headed kite that terrorised their subjects. They drew him at the entrance of a cave at about three o'clock in the morning, when all three heads were snoring down three hills and three valleys. Three swords struck fiercely and silence fell. In the cave they found three princesses,each named Ileana Cosânzeana, kidnapped by the dragon. The three, each with his Ileana, returned victorious, each to his own land. They had three fairytail weddings.

(Translated by Cristina Ioana Bontea / 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 May 2023, the group has 11,260 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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