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When Andy—a 10-year-old boy—tries to wake up his drunk mother with the help of his papa over the phone, he discovers a heartbreaking truth. The story was inspired by my childhood memories. I grew up in a family that all of my family members have very unique tempers and personalities. I created an imaginary friend, a supportive figure, with whom I would confide when faced with challenges. As I grew older, I gained a deeper understanding of my own life and no longer needed those coping mechanisms, but I still reminisce about that time.