In over his head, Holmes pressures Scotland Yard to bring the notorious Squirrel to Cuba. He had no idea who he was, he'd received an email from the SQirrel.com website, which began: I'm the Famous SQ, only my fame as a detective is larger than me. Back at the scene of the crime everything is clear: a trivial case of vudismus vulgaris. What? Fetishism with pinched dolls. Erroneously believed to have originated in Africa, voodooism was invented by Vlad the Impaler. The guy wouldn't beat about the bush, he'd plant you on a spit more efficiently than an acupuncturist.

(Translated by Adrian-George Ilinca / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected by prof. dr. Nadina Vișan / Edited 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 November 2022, the group has 9,580 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, 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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