I'm Private Detective Julian. Some of you know me, some of you will know me. If I have clients, I'm doing well. It's worse when I don't have cases to solve, besides the fact that I'm bored, I don't even have money. I passed death several times but she didn't pay attention to me. I didn't pay much attention to her either. Now I have a complicated case, but when do I not have complicated cases? I have to find Covid 19, the serial killer who haunts the city. Don't worry, I'll get him.

(Translated by Carla-Marina Ștefănescu / 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 September 2021, the group has 7.150 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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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