I'm 8 years old and my dream is to become a private investigator. I've got all I need: a fingerprint set from my mother, a binocular from my grandma, a camera from my father. I go around the house, get prints, take pictures. I already have an archive full of evidence: photos with my mother's burnt food, my grandma's fingerprints on my mother's drawers, a photo with my grandpa stealing my father's cigars, a pic with my mother and my father's brother in the bedroom, the cat's prints near the platter on the table. Now I can't wait to grow up, 'cause it's only me and mum now and I'm kind of bored.

(Translated by Mihaela Guţu / 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 2021, the group has 4.300 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 almost daily. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

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

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