Chapter 8:

Bandaids

Enharmonic


FADE IN:Bookmark here

EXT. CAMPUS - DAYBookmark here

ASAMI (V.O.)Bookmark here

No no no. Why did I do this to myself?!Bookmark here

Asami's running late to the club meeting. A month has passed since the first meeting and the short film is progressing just as planned, except Asami's life isn't. She runs up to the door, completely out of breath.Bookmark here

ASAMI (V.O.)Bookmark here

How could I have completely forgotten there's a club meeting today! And we're even discussing my storyboards. I'm so stupid.Bookmark here

EXT. HALLWAY - DAYBookmark here

She finally reaches the visual arts complex and tries to steady her breathing to hide how out of shape she is. She walks through the building towards the club room.Bookmark here

ASAMI (V.O.)Bookmark here

It's okay. I'm not that late. Just walk in there and quickly apologize. No one cares. I'll be fine.Bookmark here

Right as she's about to enter the room, she hears her name from within the club room.Bookmark here

INT. FILM CLUB ROOM - DAYBookmark here

CLUB MEMBERBookmark here

Asami's storyboards kind of suck.Bookmark here

Asami pauses, eyes wide open in shock. Then she hears Maya talking.Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

What? I think they're fine! As long as we understand what's going on, that's all that matters right?Bookmark here

CLUB MEMBERBookmark here

Yeah I guess... but we could've tried finding someone better. Maybe an actual film or animation major? Maya, you said she's a psych major, right?Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

She's minoring in art. She's kind of iffy about majoring in it, but she's really good at art, I swear.Bookmark here

CLUB MEMBERBookmark here

It's not the art that's bad. The current storyboards are easy to understand, but it's the lack of perspective and unique angles that make it boring.Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

Well, then tell her that. This is a student film project. We're here to learn. How do you expect her to improve if you never tell her? I thought this project would be a good opportunity to push her in the right direction.Bookmark here

CLUB MEMBERBookmark here

Sure, but she's putting this project at risk.Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

"At risk"? Stop being so dramatic.Bookmark here

Asami just stands by the door, at a loss from what she's hearing.Bookmark here

FADE:Bookmark here

EXT. CAMPUS - DAYBookmark here

Yuuki also happens to be running late. Unlike Asami, he has no worries about being late and skateboards through campus in a very lackadaisical manner.Bookmark here

YUUKI (V.O.)Bookmark here

Damn I should've stopped by the cafe and picked up coffee. I seriously need an afternoon pick me up right about now.Bookmark here

EXT. HALLWAY - DAYBookmark here

He reaches the building and casually walks to the club room. He turns the corner and sees that Asami is in the hallway, standing there.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Hey Asami!Bookmark here

She jumps a little and he finally sees the look on her face: ashamed with brimming tears. Embarrassed, she runs off and bursts through the exit doors.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Wait!Bookmark here

He breaks into a sprint after her.Bookmark here

CLUB MEMBERBookmark here

Crap... Did she hear us?Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

You fucked up.Bookmark here

EXT. CAMPUS - DAYBookmark here

Yuuki catches up to her. She's sitting outside the building trying to calm down and brush away her tears. Concerned, he sits down next to her and hesitates at first, but puts his hand on her shoulder.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Hey, what's wrong?Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

They don't like my storyboards.Bookmark here

Asami tries to keep a smile on her face, but is clearly tearing up.Bookmark here

ASAMI (CONT'D)Bookmark here

I already knew I'm not very good at storyboarding, cause I don't have much experience, but... I didn't expect anyone to insult me so blatantly...Bookmark here

Yuuki, unsure of what to do, tries to find the right words to cheer her up.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Being an artist myself, I understand the struggle of wanting to please others, but that's just not realistic. Even if you try your hardest, sometimes it's not enough to impress those around you.Bookmark here

Asami finally lifts her head towards him at his words.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

But... you're so confident about your work. How can you be that way knowing that some people don't like it?Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Just ignore them. It's easier said than done, but knowing your self worth and striving to achieve your goals is what kept me going. Even if it means some people are out to get you.Bookmark here

Asami drops her head again, disappointed, however far calmer than before.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

I'm sorry you had to hear them say that.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Maybe I'm not fit for this role. I can't even bring myself to major in what I truly want to do. Why did I think a project like this would give me more confidence?Bookmark here

She lets out a heavy sigh.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Personally, I think you're doing a great job! You took a huge leap of faith by joining this project in the first place. I think you're one step closer to your goal.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Really? You really think that?Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Yeah! Only thing to do now is improve and prove those assholes wrong!Bookmark here

Asami giggles and her smile finally returns, especially in her eyes.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Thanks, Yuuki.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

You don't have to thank me.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

We should get back to the meeting. They're waiting for us.Bookmark here

They return to the building. After apologizing to Asami, the meeting goes according to plan and ends smoothly. The members were able to share their honest opinions and give constructive criticism to each other to improve, which also is a great sign for the future meetings.Bookmark here

Yuuki exits the building and Asami walks towards him.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Yuuki! Thanks for everything that happened before the meeting. Your pep talk really helped me get through the meeting too. I'm such a people pleaser, so getting critiqued always makes me anxious.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

I'm glad it helped, but critique is always scary. It puts you in a very vulnerable position.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Yeah definitely I-Bookmark here

Just as Asami's about to speak, her phone starts buzzing.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Huh? It's my mom calling. Wonder why it's FaceTime haha. Let me answer quickly.Bookmark here

Asami answers the call, pointing the camera at herself.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Hey mom! What's up?Bookmark here

MRS. SUMMERSBookmark here

Oh dear! I'm glad you picked up. I just wanted to see your face! You've been so busy lately, I feel like we haven't talked in a while. Are you eating?Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Yeah mom I'm eating. How are you?Bookmark here

Their conversation continues and Yuuki watches the way they interact in awe. He can't help but feel envious of their relationship.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Oh! Do you remember Yuuki from elementary school?!Bookmark here

MRS. SUMMERSBookmark here

Yes! You two used to be best friends!Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Well look who I'm with right now!Bookmark here

Asami turns her phone towards Yuuki.Bookmark here

MRS. SUMMERSBookmark here

What?! Yuuki! How are you! I didn't know you were back in California!Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Hi Mrs. Summers! I'm going to the same school as your daughter now! I transferred her last semester.Bookmark here

MRS. SUMMERSBookmark here

That's delightful! I know LA isn't super close to San Diego, but you're always welcome to come visit with Asami anytime you'd like! We can look at old pictures of you two!Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Mom! That'd be embarrassing.Bookmark here

MRS. SUMMERSBookmark here

Come on dear, no it won't!Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Ugh okay okay.Bookmark here

MRS. SUMMERSBookmark here

It seems like I'm disturbing you, so I'll let you two go.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Okay! I'll call you later.Bookmark here

MRS. SUMMERSBookmark here

Bye bye!Bookmark here

A warm smile appears on Asami's face.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Good to know that you're still close with your mom.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Yeah I'm really glad I have a positive relationship with my parents.Bookmark here

After realizing what she had said, she looks up at Yuuki.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Oh sorry. I didn't mean to brag or anything.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

It's fine.Bookmark here

For a moment, neither of them say a word.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

This is going to be a personal question, so you don't have to answer if you feel uncomfortable, but do you... ever get mad at your parents for leaving you alone when you were younger. They were always so busy with work. That was the main reason you came over to my place so often back then.Bookmark here

Asami thinks it over.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Yes and no. It's a bit frustrating to know that they put their careers before their own daughter, but they were also working to provide for me, so it makes sense.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Hm ok. Thanks for answering that.Bookmark here

Asami frowns. She can tell that Yuuki's thinking about his own relationship with his parents. She changes the topic to take his mind off of things.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Hey, have you tried that new ramen place that just opened up?Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

No I haven't. Where is it?Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

It's really close from here! Wanna go right now?Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Sure! I haven't had much to eat all day.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Oh, did you watch the new Attack on Titan episode?!Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Yeah! Eren's a bird now.Bookmark here

The two of them walk off, talking about a much more lighthearted topic and successfully changing the atmosphere to a relaxed one.Bookmark here

Suddenly, Yuuki's phone rings, drawing both his and Asami's attention towards the sound. He quickly slides his phone out of his pocket to check the caller ID; it's his mom.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Who is it?Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Oh uhm nothing. Probably spam.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Your auto warranty is probably about to expire.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

True dat.Bookmark here

FADE:Bookmark here

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