Chapter 1:

Running on Empty

Enharmonic


FADE IN:Bookmark here

INT. YUUKI’S ROOM - NIGHTBookmark here

It’s 5:26am in the morning. Yuuki, just turned 21, Japanese boy with tan skin and side parted bangs, sits in the darkness of his room lightly strumming the strings of his guitar, testing a new riff sample. He’s deep in thought as the instrument fills the quiet ambiance.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Maybe pitch this down a bit more… The strings should come in at the second verse… Oh and a bit more reverb right here.Bookmark here

A smile appears on Yuuki’s face. The new outcome has him feeling content.Bookmark here

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There! That’s so much better.Bookmark here

Yuuki continues working on the track until the 5:30am alarm of his clock abruptly catches his attention. He nearly gasps at the red flashing numbers that halt his creative process.Bookmark here

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Oh shit, it’s morning already?Bookmark here

He tries to recall why he set his alarm clock to go off so early, then remembers...Bookmark here

YUUKI (CONT’D)Bookmark here

Crap, I have an opening shift today… Bookmark here

It occurred to him that pulling an all nighter on his music probably wasn’t the best idea.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

At least I only have one class later today. I can come back here and take a nap.Bookmark here

It’s the first day of winter semester. Immediately, Yuuki scrambles to get himself ready for the day. He drapes a shirt over one shoulder while scrubbing the bristles of his toothbrush impatiently across his teeth.Bookmark here

He briefly checks his hair in the mirror and quickly parts it to the side. Finally, he grabs his phone and jacket.Bookmark here

Even with all the urgency of getting started for the day, Yuuki’s mind keeps drifting back into thoughts of his music. There were a number of ways that he knew he could improve his track.Bookmark here

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The bridge is still missing something. Backing vocals? More percussion?Bookmark here

INT. ERIC AND YUUKI'S LIVING ROOM - DAYBookmark here

Yuuki heads to the living room and notices that his roommate, Eric, also 21, a Korean boy with lightly bleached brunette hair, is up already. He’s making a smoothie and looks like he’s living his best life.Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Good morning!Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Morning.Bookmark here

Yuuki grabs the granola bar on the counter in order to make up for some kind of breakfast.Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Seems like someone didn’t get much sleep.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

How do you know I didn’t just wake up early?Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Your dark circles say otherwise.Bookmark here

In the nearby mirror, Yuuki takes account of just how much his sleep deprivation is affecting his appearance.Bookmark here

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Ugh great. Now I look like a fucking panda.Bookmark here

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Pandas are cute though!Bookmark here

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That’s not the point.Bookmark here

Then, Yuuki slides his laptop into his backpack from the dining table and collects other items he might need for his first day back at school for the spring semester. Bookmark here

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Got any interesting classes starting this semester?Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Oh just the usual. Acting studio, scene studies, improv, etc.Bookmark here

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Sounds fun!Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Yup and I managed to cram 15 units into two days!Bookmark here

Yuuki looks up at Eric, who looks proud about only having to go to class 2 days out of the week.Bookmark here

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Bro… seriously? Why’d you do that? You’ll literally be stuck at school for like 12 hours on those days. Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Yeah! That way I don’t have to worry about classes for the rest of the week AND I get more time to hang out with people.Bookmark here

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Hm okay... I don’t know if that’s a smart move or a stupid move.Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Eh we’ll see. But I am working on a project this semester, so that’ll probably take up a large chunk of my time.Bookmark here

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Cool, is it for your major?Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

For a film club actually. And I got the lead role!”Bookmark here

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Nice! Well, I look forward to seeing it in the future!Bookmark here

The time on the clock tells Yuuki that it’s time for him to leave.Bookmark here

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Ugh I need to go. Morning shift today.Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Okay. Have fun at work!Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

See ya later.Bookmark here

Taking his keys in hand, Yuuki shuts the door to the apartment behind him. Putting the car key into the ignition, Yuuki heads over to work.Bookmark here

EXT. LOS ANGELES STREET - DAYBookmark here

More buzzing, this time from the phone placed near his dashboard, calls out to him. He looks over to see the Caller ID reads: Miyuki. It’s his older sister, who’s currently studying optometry at NYU.Bookmark here

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(under his breath) Bookmark here

What the hell. Why’s Miyuki calling me?Bookmark here

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Hello? Why are you calling me so early?Bookmark here

MIYUKIBookmark here

It’s already 9:30am here in New York.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Oh... right, sorry. Well it’s still 6:30am here.Bookmark here

So what’s up?”Bookmark here

MIYUKIBookmark here

Mom told me to call you. She knew you’d pick up if I called, so that’s what's going on.Bookmark here

The mere thought of having to endure some small talk with his mom caused Yuuki to cringe.Bookmark here

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What does she want?Bookmark here

MIYUKIBookmark here

Hmmm nothing that I know of. I think she just wants to talk to you.Bookmark here

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Mom just wanting to talk? Unheard of. Something’s gotta be wrong.Bookmark here

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Ughhh Yuuki why are you always so pessimistic when it comes to mom? Who knows?! Maybe she’s just concerned, because her son lives on the other side of the country and never contacts her.Bookmark here

Yuuki instinctively pinched the bridge between his nose and scowled.Bookmark here

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Well, I don’t know why she’d be concerned in the first place if she’s the one that kicked me out.Bookmark here

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She didn’t kick you out! You left.Bookmark here

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Because of her. Same thing.Bookmark here

Miyuki, sensing his frustration, attempts to lighten the mood.Bookmark here

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Sure… How’s school? Better than Julliard?Bookmark here

Yuuki instantly picks up on his sister’s tone and shifts his attitude.Bookmark here

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Hm I don’t know if “better” is the right word, but I’m definitely enjoying it more.Bookmark here

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Okay that’s good to hear. At least you don’t have to deal with the cold in LA. It’s freezing here in NYC.Bookmark here

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True, but I kinda miss having seasons. It rains like once a year here.Bookmark here

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You should come back home once your semester is over! And we can go to that one bar in Soho I kept telling you about! You weren’t old enough to go when you lived here, but you are now.Bookmark here

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That does sound nice. I’ll think about it.Bookmark here

The street light finally turns green and Yuuki turns into the plaza where the cafe he works at is located. Bookmark here

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Gotta go. I just got to work.Bookmark here

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Okay talk to you later. Oh also I might visit LA during spring break. I’ll text you about it.Bookmark here

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Okay.Bookmark here

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Call Mom.Bookmark here

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Maybe!Bookmark here

INT. CAFE - DAYBookmark here

Many chattering voices fill the cafe. It is a busy morning like any other where people request a drink to awaken their senses.Bookmark here

There are also others who take advantage of the wifi and work upon their laptops.Bookmark here

CUSTOMERBookmark here

Hi, can I order a medium, extra hot, sugar free, cold brew, vanilla latte with almond milk?Bookmark here

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Okay. Will that be it?Bookmark here

CUSTOMERBookmark here

Actually, wait. Make that a half sweet, caramel macchiato with soy milk instead. Iced.Bookmark here

Yuuki withholds a sharp exhale at a large chunk of the order he had written now having to be crossed out.Bookmark here

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Of course! No problem.Bookmark here

Just the perfect day to be dealing with an entitled Karen.Bookmark here

INT. CAFE - DAY - LATERBookmark here

Taking a quick stretch, Yuuki pulls out his phone and notices the time. He is thankful to see that his shift is almost over.Bookmark here

YUUKI (V.O.)Bookmark here

Thank god. I can finally leave.Bookmark here

He walks over to his manager, who’s keeping herself busy doing absolutely nothing.Bookmark here

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I have class soon, so I’m going to clock out.Bookmark here

Yuuki quickly changes out of his work uniform and back into his regular clothes to look more suitable for class.Bookmark here

But of course, he had barely made it a step out the door when the manager approached him. She had a look in her eyes that were as icy as her personality.Bookmark here

MANAGERBookmark here

Oh, Yuuki. Are you free tonight?Bookmark here

He doesn’t like the tone of her voice and the question doesn’t sound promising.Bookmark here

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Yeah. After 6pm.Bookmark here

MANAGERBookmark here

Perfect. Can you come in for an hour during closing? Elena called a few minutes ago and told me she has to leave early today.Bookmark here

It takes him a second to answer. He considers lying to get out of it, but then remembers how much gas prices have gone up recently. Making some extra money doesn’t sound bad.Bookmark here

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Um sure. I guess an hour isn’t too bad.Bookmark here

MANAGERBookmark here

Thanks. See you later.Bookmark here

A twitch of the brow indicated just how peeved Yuuki was.Bookmark here

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Make sure to mop the floors!Bookmark here

EXT. LOS ANGELES STREET - DAYBookmark here

YUUKI (V.O.)Bookmark here

I swear to god- That lady hates me. She just wants me to do all the dirty work. Welp, there goes my plan for the evening.Bookmark here

Finally, he headed out the door of the cafe. And just as he exits, a girl makes her entrance.Bookmark here

A momentary glance passes between the two. Yuuki hesitates for a moment.Bookmark here

YUUKI (V.O.)Bookmark here

Asami?! Bookmark here

He considers looking back to if that girl he just passed was his long lost childhood friend, but he keeps walking.Bookmark here

YUUKI (V.O.)Bookmark here

There’s no way I’d run into her here… Bookmark here

It’s been a long time since he’s thought about Asami. She was the closest thing he had to a best friend when they were in elementary school. That was until his whole family packed their bags and moved to New York.Bookmark here

YUUKI (V.O.)Bookmark here

I haven’t talked to her in a while. I hope she’s doing well.Bookmark here

FADE OUT:Bookmark here

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