They were two bright virologists. She, the delicate Pan Go Lin, studied the Influenza virus. The handsome Bat Man Li worked at the HIV section. One night, as they were staying for extra hours, they noticed that they were alone in the whole laboratory and decided to move to action. They put their tubes with viruses inside their pockets, then they removed their glasses, masks and robes, throwing them on the floor. The tubes broke, their contents combined and that is how the product of China, which turned the whole world upside down, appeared.

(Translated by Diana Simulescu / 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 2021, the group has 6.400 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, Răzvan Penescu, 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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