Chapter 5:

History

Enharmonic


INT. RANDOM HOUSE - NIGHTBookmark here

ERIC & MAYABookmark here

You guys know each other?!Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Yeah! We used to go to the same elementary school back when we lived in San Diego! We literally just ran into each other for the first time in forever earlier this week!Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Woah! It’s like we were all destined to meet!Bookmark here

Eric cups a hand and leans in close to Yuuki.Bookmark here

ERIC (WHISPERING)Bookmark here

Told ya! It’s a sign.Bookmark here

YUUKI(WHISPERING)Bookmark here

No it’s not.Bookmark here

Yuuki shakes his friend off, pushing him to the side.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

But wow. This is crazy! It’s so weird how we keep running into each other.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Right?!Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

Yuuki, are you also a sophomore?Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Oh no. I’m a junior. Asami’s a year younger than me, but our moms used to be pretty close back then, so we used to hang out a lot.Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Oooh so you’re the “senpai” huh, Yamasaki-senpai haha.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Shut up.Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Lol I’m joking~ Well, now that everyone’s here, it’s the perfect time to explain what this project is about! So this year, our university’s film club is participating in the LA Film Festival in the student division. All colleges across the United States are welcome to participate and winner’s will be given a chance to pitch their short films to different studios for the chance to be made into a film with a bigger budget.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Woah, that's so cool!Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Is there prize money?Bookmark here

Eric frowns at Yuuki’s remark.Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Bruh. Is money all you think about?Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Sorry. I’m broke.Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Yeah there's prize money. $10,000 for first place.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Now we’re talking. Ok I’m kidding, but this is seriously a cool opportunity. Do you guys have a director for this project?Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Yeah! Her name is Monica.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Is she here today?Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Oh no. She’s a total introvert. She would never go to parties. Besides, she’s more of an Art Director for this project, so she looks over the filming and editing process. Oh, but Maya’s writing the screenplay, so she’s technically like the Story Director right?? Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

Definitely not. I’m not in charge of anything. But Asami here-Bookmark here

Maya puts her arms around Asami’s shoulder, giving her a squeeze of support.Bookmark here

MAYA (CONT’D)Bookmark here

Would do a great job storyboarding for our project! She’s amazing. You can bring my vision to life!Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Hey, I told you I don’t know if I can storyboard yet! I don’t have much experience-Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

This is just a student film! We’re all still learning how this works!Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Are you sure? Someone studying film could probably do a better job…Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

Gurl stop stressing! I know what you’re capable of! It might take a little bit of getting used to, but you’ll improve so much from this project!Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Just go for it! We’ve got other artists so they can help you too.Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

Pleaseeeeee!Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

We really need someone!Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

Come on, it'll be fun!!Bookmark here

Asami contemplates what to do. She has a great amount of hesitation in joining as she still questions her art ability, but the thought of being able to participate in the project wins her over in the end.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Okay okay! I’ll do it!Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

Hell yeah!! You’re gonna kill it!Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

And Yuuki, you’re gonna join, right?Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Sounds really tempting, but I don’t know if I have enough time…Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Come on! This short film would be a great way to flex on your mom. Show her how amazing Yamasaki-senpai’s music can be.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Stop calling me that, but true… Ok I’m down.Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

YES! We finally have our composer and storyboard artist!Bookmark here

Eric and Maya give each other a high five as a sign of their victory.Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Time to celebrate! Maya we need to go grab drinks for everyone! Let’s go find Celia too.Bookmark here

The two of them rush off, leaving Asami and Yuuki behind. They glance at each other for a second, but look away.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

So uh, it’s been a while!Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Sure has! Last time I saw you was when I was in 4th grade, so… 9 years ago?!Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Sounds about right. Wow, that was a long time ago.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

I had no idea you went to this school! I thought I would’ve run into you by now!Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Yeah I-Bookmark here

The sound of another voice interrupts the conversation.Bookmark here

DYLANBookmark here

Yuuki! What’s up, dude!Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Dylan? What are you doing here? Aren’t you a linguistics major?Bookmark here

DYLANBookmark here

Yeah, but this is the only party I heard of going on today, so I’m here. Let’s go play beer pong!Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

I can’t drink. I drove here.Bookmark here

DYLANBookmark here

Then come watch me drink haha!Bookmark here

Dylan wraps an arm around Yuuki and starts pulling him away. Yuuki looks desperately back towards Asami. She simply giggles at him.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Sorry! I’ll be back!Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Don’t worry! Go hang out with your friends.Bookmark here

Asami stands in the middle of the crowd, alone. It’s 8:30pm. She heads to join Maya in her conversation to avoid feeling awkward after Yuuki’s sudden departure.Bookmark here

FADE: Bookmark here

A good deal of time has passed in the company of Dylan and Yuuki is ready to leave. It’s already 10pm now. He gives Dylan his farewells then goes off to find Eric in the crowd to do the same.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Hey, I’m gonna leave.Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

What?! Already??Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Sorry I have work tomorrow.Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Ugh work work work everyday. Okay. Well, drive safe!Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

K, I’ll see you back home.Bookmark here

EXT. LOS ANGELES STREET - NIGHTBookmark here

The first thing Yuuki notices is the bitter chill in the air while he exits the house. He then walks to the driveway and makes a secondary observation; Asami is there.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Asami? What are you doing out here?? I thought you left a while ago.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Oh Yuuki! I’m waiting for my uber. The app says he should be here soon, but he hasn't been moving from this one location… Bookmark here

Asami shows him her phone, indicating where the uber driver is. He’s still far away and not due to arrive for another 20 minutes.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Huh that’s weird. You should wait inside. It’s cold out here.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Yeah, but I kind of got overwhelmed being in there… I needed some fresh air, so it’s fine.Bookmark here

Yuuki realizes that Asami is cold. Her arms are crossed with a slight tremor, trying to keep herself warm in her thin cardigan.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Do you live around here?Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Yeah I’m in the college dorms, which is honestly pretty close from here, but I avoid walking around alone at night, especially in LA.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Do you want a ride home? My apartment is in that direction too.Bookmark here

Asami looks up at him, blinking rapidly in surprise. She shakes her head with a nervous smile.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

What?! No no I’m fine! I don’t want to be an inconvenience to you! I already have an uber on the way too.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Are you sure? It’s really not that big of a deal.Bookmark here

A sudden biting gust of wind blows, reminding Asami of how cold she is. Yuuki shivers too.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Actually, you know what. I might take you up on that offer. I can’t handle the cold. Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

My cars down the street. It’s close.Bookmark here

The two walk in silence, not knowing what to talk about. Asami attempts to break the ice. The silence makes her far more uncomfortable than the weather.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

I’m sure you’re used to the cold now, since it’s freezing on the east coast. And it snows too! I wish it snowed here in SoCal haha.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Ahh yeah I guess, but snow isn’t that glamorous. Fresh snow is nice, but after a while, it just hardens and becomes a dirty, slippery slush. I hate it.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Well, if you say it like that… That doesn’t sound very appealing… Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Eh it’s okay I guess.Bookmark here

They arrive at Yuuki’s car and slide in. The warmth is an instant relief.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Ah that’s a lot better.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Here. I’ll turn on the heater.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Thanks.Bookmark here

Yuuki starts driving towards the university campus. Their little conversation about snow reminds Asami of a memory she hasn’t thought about in a very long time.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Hey, remember when we went to Big Bear when we were younger?Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Yeah! That was my first time seeing snow!Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Same! I remember we tried making a snowman!Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

That snowman was so ugly.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

No it wasn’t- It was cute haha!Bookmark here

They both laugh, over the snowman mishap. It’s hard to believe it was only from a decade ago as they still recall the rest of the trip.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Suuuuure haha. Oh and after that we drank hot chocolate in the cabin. That was nice. Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Yeah. It was.Bookmark here

The nostalgia makes them smile. Thinking about their past reminds them of other memories. They keep talking. Before they know it, they’ve made it to the front of the dorms. Yuuki stops by the entrance.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Thank you so much for driving me! You didn’t have to.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Don’t worry! It’s seriously not a big deal.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

If you say so! We really need to hang out sometime soon! There’s still so much we need to talk about.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

For sure! We’ll be meeting a lot more for the film club, so we’ll definitely get the chance.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Promise me we’ll hang out again?Bookmark here

Asami holds out her pinky and Yuuki links his. Pinky promises used to be their thing back then. It was the ultimate symbol of their friendship.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Promise.Bookmark here


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