Chapter 2:

Morning Fix

Enharmonic


EXT. LOS ANGELES STREET - DAYBookmark here

Asami, 19, half English-half Japanese girl with sun kissed skin and strawberry brunette waves, briefly studies the boy who walks in the opposite direction. Something about him catches her eye.Bookmark here

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Woah, that guy looks really familiar.Bookmark here

She ponders on what the connection could be either from her personal life or otherwise. Suddenly, she hears her name being called from within the cafe.Bookmark here

INT. CAFE - DAYBookmark here

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Asami!Bookmark here

Maya, 20, a Chinese American girl with short pitch black hair and a fair complexion, sits at a table towards the back of the cafe, waving to Asami.Bookmark here

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Hi Maya!Bookmark here

Asami settles comfortably in the chair across from her friend’s at the table. A laptop sits in front of Maya and the blue light casts a spotlight over her focused features.Bookmark here

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Do you know that guy that just left?Bookmark here

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Who?Bookmark here

The two of them peer back to the cafe entrance. The boy is long gone however, now existing as nothing more than a failing conversation topic.Bookmark here

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I wasn’t really paying attention, so I don’t know.Bookmark here

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Hm ok… He looked really familiar. Like reeeeally familiar. But I don’t remember meeting anyone like him in college.Bookmark here

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He might just be a classmate you’ve never talked to.Bookmark here

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Yeah true… Bookmark here

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Was he hot?Bookmark here

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Yeah I guess.Bookmark here

They both giggle.Bookmark here

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Oh and here you go.Bookmark here

Maya pushes the warm cup of a mocha into Asami’s hands to her surprise.Bookmark here

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Oh my god! You ordered for me already? Thank you so much! Honestly, you’re such a lifesaver.Bookmark here

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Haha stop being so dramatic. You always order the same thing, so I just figured I’d surprise you a bit. Also, it's on me. You bought me boba last time!Bookmark here

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Ahhh thank youuuu! Maya, how are you always so on top of things?Bookmark here

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I guess that’s what happens when you have younger siblings to take care of.Bookmark here

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Oh yeah, you have a younger sister right?!Bookmark here

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Yup and a brother too.Bookmark here

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Ahhh that’s right.Bookmark here

From the confines of her bag, Asami pulls out her sketchbook.Bookmark here

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Not to be dramatic or anything, but drawing in my sketchbook in the morning is literally my highlight of the day. It’s such a vibe haha!Bookmark here

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I don’t blame you! There’s nothing better than doing what you love at an aesthetic cafe.Bookmark here

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Oh! By the way, I have a new project for my 2D design class & I need your help.Bookmark here

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What’s up?Bookmark here

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I need help picking a thumbnail for the final illustration. I drew a bunch, but I can’t decide on any.Bookmark here

Asami passes the sketchbook to her friend, who closely observes the thumbnails.Bookmark here

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Wow, these are nice! Personally I’d pick this one. The color palette is really nice.Bookmark here

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Yeah I like that one too… But to be honest, I don’t think any of these are up to par.Bookmark here

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What are you talking about?! These are amazing!Bookmark here

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I just think it can be better.Bookmark here

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You’re being too hard on yourself. You always are. Especially when it comes to art.Bookmark here

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There are so many great artists online. Even 13 year olds!Bookmark here

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Bruh, why are you competing with 13 year olds?Bookmark here

Hearing the nervousness in Asami’s voice tears Maya away from her laptop. Just by seeing Asami’s face allows Maya to truly grasp just how concerned her friend is about her project.Bookmark here

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Honestly, I still can’t believe you’re not majoring in art. You seem to really enjoy it and you have so much talent! Do you really like studying psychology that much?Bookmark here

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Yeah I do like psych… But I guess it’s more of a backup option for me. I don’t think my art is good enough…Bookmark here

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I know it’s easier said than done, but you need to stop comparing yourself to others. It’s not going to do you any good.Bookmark here

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You’re right, but you know how I feel about all of this! If I can’t be proud of my own work, how will anyone accept me?Bookmark here

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Be proud of how far you’ve come. The sky is limitless when it comes to improvement, so just take your time and enjoy it!Bookmark here

Asami lets out a deep sigh.Bookmark here

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Yeah, thanks for the advice.Bookmark here

As Maya ponders the next tidbit of advice she could give, a sudden epiphany arises.Bookmark here

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Speaking of thumbnails, have you ever tried storyboarding?Bookmark here

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I’ve boarded some sequences out for practice and color studies, but that’s about it.Bookmark here

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Hm okay. Remember that film project I mentioned to you a few weeks ago?Bookmark here

Asami takes a moment to think back to their past conversation, then remembers:Bookmark here

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Was it the national college competition thingy?Bookmark here

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Yeah that one! We’re actually recruiting new members for the team right now. A few key members graduated last year, so we need new people.Bookmark here

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Cool. Any luck finding people so far?Bookmark here

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Actually we found a good amount of people who want in, but I’m not sure if they’re actually interested or if they just want to put it on their resume.Bookmark here

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That’s rough, buddy.Bookmark here

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I know right. By any chance, would you be interested in trying storyboarding for our short film?Bookmark here

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Me? Storyboarding?! I don’t know if I’m the right fit for that.Bookmark here

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Well no one’s applying for that position right now, so having someone with amazing art skills, wink wink, would be better than no one. Bookmark here

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Hmmm I’ll think about it, but I still think someone else should do it.Bookmark here

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Ok if you say so, but I think you’d be perfect for the role. Bookmark here

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Well I appreciate that.Bookmark here

A moment of silence passes as the two sip their drinks.Bookmark here

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Hey you should come to that art department social that’s happening on Friday! You can meet some people who are on the film project team.Bookmark here

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Oooh that sounds fun!Bookmark here

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We’ll get you drunk and sign the contract to join the project.Bookmark here

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Haha hilarious. So that’s your intention.Bookmark here

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Haha I’m joking, but seriously, we should go together.Bookmark here

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Ok sure. I haven’t had a fun Friday night in a while.Bookmark here

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Girl, you work too much.Bookmark here

Maya gives a teasing eye roll. She looks back to her laptop and takes notice of the time.Bookmark here

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Shit it’s 8:53am already. We need to go! Class starts in 7 mins.Bookmark here

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What?! Will we even make it in time?!Bookmark here

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Only one way to find out!Bookmark here

Maya packs up her things with ease. Meanwhile Asami is struggling with her backpack, spilling papers left and right.Bookmark here

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I grabbed your drink! Hurry up!Bookmark here

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Ok ok coming!Bookmark here

Asami bolts up, causing her sketchbook to slip from her bag. She leaves without taking notice of the unfortunate occurrence.Bookmark here

FADE OUT:Bookmark here


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