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A Day in Daniel's Life - Flash Fiction by Aurora Coppola

Andrew actually went to pay the psychologist a visit—believe it or not—but that was because they tricked him. They drugged him good, the babooshka did it to him (that would be what he defined as an old Russian farmer, not his mother, really)! She saw some strange cuts on his arm which were evenly spread from his wrist down to his elbow, that’s the way he was caught and done for it, alright! She doped him, the weirdo!

The self-claimed specialist prescribed around a pound of tablets for his dysthymia (Andrew didn’t know yet but he would have to take that crap for the rest of his poxy life, because they said he would never recover from it).

They said he suffered from “reactive depression”, now that would be “a mental state of altered mood characterized by feelings of sadness, despair, and discouragement; distinguished from grief, which is realistic and proportionate to a personal loss. Profound depression may be an illness itself”. The cause of this—they said—could be due to a shock caused by a big loss:

Checked! A failure: tick that! A bad relationship: spot on! A violence: that too! He had them all, the poor bastard... plus a bottle of vodka a day. Ah! 😧

Aurora Coppola was born in Empoli but spent the better part of her life in San Miniato (Pisa). She attended college in Castelfiorentino (Florence) then enrolled for a four-year course of Modern Languages at the University of Pisa in 2000. She obtained the Master’s Degree in Modern Languages in 2005 and then moved to Ireland in March 2006.

She is passionate about literature, drama and music, she attended drum lessons and music theory classes from 1999 to 2004 and played with many bands in Italy and Ireland. She is also very interested in Celtic culture, due to the positive influence of the Irish culture she has gotten to know deeply since moving to Ireland.

She started writing poems at the age of 14. In 2014 she released “Spoglia di Sillabe” with Europa Edizioni. She took part in many writing projects and sites that work with writers such as “Poesie e Racconti” and “Poeti e Poesia” where some of her poems can be found. She also joined writing contests online such as “Premio Laurentum per la poesia” for the 2011 and 2013 edition. She came 2nd in the “2℃ San Miniato Writing Contest” of San Miniato (Pisa) for the poem “San Miniato 2013”. She also joined contests such as the one dedicated to Alda Merini in Brunate (Como) and the international contest in honour of Oscar Wilde, the “Wilde Awards 2014”, where she reached the final, as she did in the contest “Dal Tirreno allo Jonio”— dedicated to G. Carducci.

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