Chapter 4:

Someone in the Crowd

Enharmonic


FADE IN:Bookmark here

INT. LECTURE HALL - DAYBookmark here

A few days have passed since the reunion. Yuuki is now in his Music Theory class, bored out of his mind. The instructor is going over the basics, which Yuuki already has ingrained into his mind from his time at Juilliard. Half of the class looks like they’re half asleep.Bookmark here

He quietly pulls out his phone from his pocket and opens the messaging app, looking at the most recent conversation he had with Asami:Bookmark here

ASAMI (TEXT)Bookmark here

“I seriously can’t believe I ran into you at the cafe! We should hang out sometime soon!!”Bookmark here

YUUKI (TEXT)Bookmark here

“For sure! I’ll let you know when I’m free”Bookmark here

It’s been a few days, but Yuuki is still in awe of running into his childhood friend.Bookmark here

Suddenly, he receives a text from Eric, his roommate, snapping him out of the replay of the reunion that’s been playing in his mind ever since they ran into each other.Bookmark here

ERIC (TEXT)Bookmark here

“Hey do you want to get lunch after class?”Bookmark here

YUUKI (TEXT)Bookmark here

“Bet. Where do you wanna go?”Bookmark here

ERIC (TEXT)Bookmark here

“Mexican foooood”Bookmark here

YUUKI (TEXT)Bookmark here

“Yooo let’s go. I’ll be out in like 10 min.”Bookmark here

ERIC (TEXT)Bookmark here

“Okay! I just finished and headed to the parking lot. I’ll pick you up by the visual arts complex”Bookmark here

Yuuki smiles. Something to finally break up the monotony of his day of being in class back-to-back.Bookmark here

EXT. CAMPUS - DAYBookmark here

Yuuki stands by a roundabout near the campus entrance, but there’s no sign of Eric. He tries calling Eric, who should have arrived by now, but no response.Bookmark here

YUUKI (V.O.)Bookmark here

Where the hell is he? Imma ditch his ass and go grab a snack from the vending machine if he doesn’t show up soon-Bookmark here

At that moment, he suddenly hears the roar of engines coming from down the street.Bookmark here

YUUKI (V.O.)Bookmark here

Welp. There he is…Bookmark here

Who else is it to appear, but Eric pulling up in his convertible black ferrari, top down. One can always count on Eric to arrive in style.Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Get in, loser. We’re getting food.Bookmark here

Yuuki rolls his eyes and hops in.Bookmark here

EXT. LOS ANGELES STREET - DAYBookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

What took you so long? I’m starving.Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Sorry! I forgot how to lower the roof cause I don’t usually drive top down!Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

And why did you feel the need to do that right now…Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

The weather’s nice! 75 degrees in January? Only in California.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Ok true. You’ve got a point there.Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Oh by the way, do you have any recommendations for Mexican food around here?Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

I know the perfect place.Bookmark here

EXT. CAMPUS - DAYBookmark here

After a quick stop at a small family owned restaurant, the boys are back on campus, shoveling down their burritos and enchiladas.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Man, it’s always those rundown, hole-in-the-wall places that sell the best food.Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

I don’t go to places like that often, but this is good! It’s so cheap too! The place I usually go to costs at least $30!Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Bruh you’re spending way too much. Bookmark here

Yuuki has gotten so used to Eric’s frequent accidental brags that he isn’t fazed by them anymore.Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Also I’ve been meaning to ask you. Can you go to the art department social?Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

The one this Friday?Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Yeah it’s tomorrow! I asked you last week and you said you’ll think about it.Bookmark here

It takes Yuuki a moment to think. The first week of the semester had gone by so fast, he completely forgot about Eric’s invite. Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Ehhh idk… Socials and parties aren’t really my thing.Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Please come!! I’ll be lonely if you don’t come.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Don’t lie. You’re going to be the life of the party.Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Not true! Actually maybe… But that’s not the point. You should come! Go out once in a while! Who knows, you might run into the love of your life there.Bookmark here

The thought of running into someone reminds Yuuki of Asami.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Speaking of running into someone, I met my childhood friend at the cafe a few days ago!Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

That’s so cool! She might be there! It’s a sign that you should go.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

That is not a sign… I highly doubt she’ll be there.Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

By the way, you also owe me one.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Huh? Owe you for what??Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

I covered your shift two weeks ago. Remember?Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Oh. That’s right.Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

It’s settled then. You’re coming!Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Remind me again. Why the hell do you work? Aren’t you like… rich-rich?Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Work experience! Also it’s kinda fun! Wearing a cute little uniform and making coffee!Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

100% disagree. But props to you for enjoying it.Bookmark here

FADE OUT:Bookmark here

EXT. LOS ANGELES STREET - NIGHTBookmark here

Friday night arrives and Yuuki pulls up to the street near the house where the social is being held. He immediately texts Eric.Bookmark here

YUUKI (TEXT)Bookmark here

“I just got here. Are you inside?”Bookmark here

He waits, but no response.Bookmark here

YUUKI (V.O.)Bookmark here

Ugh it’s always like this. Why did I even expect him to respond?Bookmark here

Yuuki considers going home. He’s tired. After a full day of running chores, the last thing he wants to do is go to a party.Bookmark here

YUUKI (V.O.)Bookmark here

He’s the one that invited me, so he better be inside.Bookmark here

INT. RANDOM HOUSE - NIGHTBookmark here

Yuuki walks into the crowded house, full of unfamiliar faces. There’s some music playing in the background and people drinking, but it’s nothing compared to the chaos of a frat party.Bookmark here

He grabs a soda off the counter and starts looking for Eric, but he’s nowhere to be seen.Bookmark here

YUUKI (V.O.)Bookmark here

Great. Now I need to stand here alone like a loser.Bookmark here

Out of the corner of his eye, he spots a familiar figure. It’s Celia, his classmate from last semester. She’s talking to a short Asian girl that he doesn’t know.Bookmark here

He approaches them, desperately needing to fit in.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Celia, hi!Bookmark here

CELIABookmark here

Oh my god! Hi Yuuki! I didn’t know you were the partying type.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

You’re right. I’m not. I was supposed to meet a friend here, but I can’t find him.”Bookmark here

CELIABookmark here

I’m sure he’ll show up soon!Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

You guys friends?Bookmark here

CELIABookmark here

Yeah! Yuuki’s a music major, just like me!Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

Nice!Bookmark here

CELIABookmark here

And Yuuki, meet Maya! She’s working as the screenwriter for the film project we’re working on!Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Cool! Celia, are you composing for the project?Bookmark here

CELIABookmark here

Not composing, but I’m working on the sound design. I don’t think we have a composer, yet.Bookmark here

A look of realization crosses Celia’s face.Bookmark here

CELIA (CONT’D)Bookmark here

Wait, aren’t you a music comp major??Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

You are?!Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Um yeah. I am!Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

Woah! Would you possibly be interested in composing for our short film?Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Wait, seriously? That actually sounds really fun!Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

We’ve been looking for a composer, because our previous guy graduated last year.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

So uh, what exactly is this all for? A short film you said?Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

Yeah-Bookmark here

Before Maya can answer, she is interrupted by a sudden sharp inhale from Yuuki. Eric had snuck up on him from behind and scared him.Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Gotcha!Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Dude, what the fuck.Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Hahaha you should've seen your face! Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

Sup Eric.Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Hi Maya!Bookmark here

Puzzled, Yuuki does a double take between the two of them.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

You guys know each other?Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Yeah! Seems like you met my project friends!Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Wait, this is the project you were talking about?!Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Yup! What are the odds of you all running into each other!Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

Sooo you guys are friends too??Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Yeah! We’re roommates!Bookmark here

CELIABookmark here

Oh my god they were roommates.Bookmark here

Everyone stares at Celia. Her outdated vine reference doesn’t please the crowd.Bookmark here

CELIABookmark here

Sorry I just had to… I’m… gonna go get another drink.Bookmark here

She is unable to handle the awkward tension and briskly makes an exit.Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

Eric, why didn’t you tell me your friend was a music composition major?! We could’ve just asked him the whole time.Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Yuuki’s a busy man! I didn’t want to burden him with a random project!Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

This isn’t random! This is important.Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Okok you’re right! Anyways, didn’t you say your friend was gonna come here? She’s also interested in the project, right?Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

Yeah, she just texted me that she got here! She should be here any second.Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Yay I’m excited to meet her!Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

So is anyone gonna explain what this project is about?Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Yeah yeah I’ll do that when Maya’s friend gets here.Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

There she is! Asami!Bookmark here

Yuuki turns to look at the direction Maya is shouting towards. It’s Asami, the one person he was secretly hoping to run into. Bookmark here

Asami and Maya give each other a quick hug.Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

Ahhh I’m glad you made it!Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Sorry I’m late! I-Bookmark here

A smile appears on Asami’s face upon noticing Yuuki is present in the room.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Yuuki!! Oh my god! How do we keep running into each other?!Bookmark here

ERIC & MAYABookmark here

You guys know each other?!!Bookmark here

FADE OUT:Bookmark here

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