Chapter 9:

Cruel

Enharmonic


INT. YUUKI’S ROOM - NIGHTBookmark here

April arrives and the weather is warming up. The club members have formed stronger bonds as they progress with their work; especially Yuuki, Asami, Maya, and Eric. Bookmark here

Yuuki lies on his bed, scrolling through instagram, looking at the posts he was recently tagged in: Group photos in front of the Urban Lights at LACMA, sushi at Little Tokyo, a selfie with Asami at Griffith Observatory, etc.Bookmark here

He receives a text from Asami:Bookmark here

ASAMI (TEXT)Bookmark here

I had fun today! We should go to Santa Monica pier with everyone next time.Bookmark here

YUUKI (TEXT)Bookmark here

Sounds great!Bookmark here

He smiles to himself.Bookmark here

Suddenly his peace is disturbed by the ringing from his phone. A call from his mom. He abruptly sits up in a panic at how to deal with her. His impulse is to decline the call, but his mom never calls him. Bookmark here

Yuuki suddenly remembers the call Asami had with her mom.Bookmark here

YUUKI (V.O.)Bookmark here

Would it be possible for me to have a relationship like that with my parents?Bookmark here

He lets the phone ring. It’s already 8pm in LA, meaning it’s 11pm on the east coast. Something tells him to answer the call as no ordinary call would be made at such a late time.Bookmark here

YUUKI (V.O.)Bookmark here

Please let this be quick.Bookmark here

He reluctantly answers the call.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Hello?Bookmark here

MRS. YAMASAKIBookmark here

Oh you finally picked up. I’ve been trying to contact you all day.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

I was out today. Also had work.Bookmark here

MRS. YAMASAKIBookmark here

If you have time to go out with friends, you should be working on your homework instead.Bookmark here

Yuuki tries to be optimistic about this call, but the fact that the conversation topic went directly to school irritated him.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Yeah of course I’m doing homework too.Bookmark here

MRS. YAMASAKIBookmark here

Have you gotten any internships?Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Uhh no. It’s the middle of the school year. Internships are usually in the summer.Bookmark here

MRS. YAMASAKIBookmark here

You could’ve gotten one over winter break. You’re not trying hard enough.Bookmark here

Yuuki’s patience reaches its limit.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Just cut to the chase. What do you want?Bookmark here

The call falls silent before Yuuki’s mother starts again.Bookmark here

MRS. YAMASAKIBookmark here

Your father and I have decided that we’ll no longer be paying for your tuition. Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

What?Bookmark here

MRS. YAMASAKIBookmark here

This is what you wanted, so you’re on your own now.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

There’s no way dad would approve of this. He actually supported me!Bookmark here

MRS. YAMASAKIBookmark here

Well the decision has already been made. We wanted you to be successful, but you won’t find it with your current education.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

This is my future, it’s up to me to decide what I do.Bookmark here

MRS. YAMASAKIBookmark here

I am your mother and I know what’s best. I don’t see a future for you in the music industry.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

No you don't. Why didn’t you consult with me about all this?Bookmark here

MRS. YAMASAKIBookmark here

This is the best thing for you.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Wait! You can’t just-Bookmark here

Yuuki hears the dial tone. There’s so much going through his head, he doesn’t even know where to start. The sudden financial burden put on him gives him a headache. His head sinks under all the pressure.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

This can’t be happening. Why now. Fuck.Bookmark here

FADE OUT:Bookmark here

INT. CAMPUS DINING HALL - DAYBookmark here

Asami, Maya, and Eric are at the dining hall for a quick lunch. They just finished eating and are sitting around, talking.Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

Wait, how drunk were you?Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

I posted on my Facebook story. I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW THAT EXISTED.Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

You posted oN wHaT?! PFFFTTT HAHAHA!Bookmark here

The two of them cackle, but Asami doesn’t. She looks down at her phone with a worried expression.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Hey, Eric. Do you know what’s going on with Yuuki recently?Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

Omg yeah. He hasn’t been attending the meetings either. You’re his roommate so you should know, right?Bookmark here

Eric’s expression also changes to one of worry.Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

I’m actually not sure… I know he’s been a lot busier though. He’s a total introvert, so he used to spend a good amount of time in his room, but he hasn’t been around recently.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Is he working more?Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

That’s what I’m thinking. He might’ve gotten a second job too.Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

That would make sense if he’s having financial issues, but he should’ve told us something if he was going to ditch club meetings. If he keeps slacking, we’ll need to find a replacement for him. Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

I wonder what’s wrong…Bookmark here

Eric looks at his phone for the time.Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Gotta go. I have class starting soon.Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

I do too. We should get going.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Ok I’ll see you guys later. I might go stop by the cafe Yuuki works at and see if he’s there. I wanna make sure everything’s okay.Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

Please go do that. Let me know what he says.Bookmark here

EXT. CAMPUS - DAYBookmark here

They part ways and Asami starts walking towards the cafe to see Yuuki as intended.Bookmark here

ASAMI (V.O.)Bookmark here

Something must be wrong. He seemed excited to be a part of the project at first… He even left me on read when I tried reaching out. Did I do something?? No no no I shouldn’t be jumping to conclusions. I’ll just talk to him.Bookmark here

INT. CAFE - DAYBookmark here

She enters the cafe and looks around, but Yuuki isn’t present. She walks up to the barista at the counter.Bookmark here

BARISTABookmark here

Hi, what can I get you today?Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Hi! I was actually wondering if Yuuki’s here right now?Bookmark here

BARISTABookmark here

Yuuki? I think he left like 30 minutes ago to go to class.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Oh okay. Since I’m here, I’ll get a White Chocolate Mocha, iced.Bookmark here

BARISTABookmark here

“White Chocolate Mocha” coming right up!Bookmark here

Asami sits down. Might as well get some assignments done while she’s here. She opens up her laptop and starts to do the reading for an upcoming exam.Bookmark here

TEXTBOOKBookmark here

“Self-esteem involves judgments made about their own worth and the feelings associated with those judgments. Self-esteem is associated with: a mastery oriented approach, lack of criticism, and enthusiasm from environment”Bookmark here

She reads the same passages multiple times, but is unable to focus. She pulls out her sketchbook instead.Bookmark here

ASAMI (V.O.)Bookmark here

I need to take my mind off of this right now.Bookmark here

She starts sketching the interior of the cafe. Asami has been putting a great amount of time into improving her perspective art to get better at storyboarding. She’s proud of how far she’s come.Bookmark here

Her phone suddenly lights up. It’s a text from Kai, her classmate.Bookmark here

ASAMI (V.O.)Bookmark here

Omg it’s Kai! I haven’t talked to him in a while!Bookmark here

KAI (TEXT)Bookmark here

Hey are you free right now?Bookmark here

ASAMI (TEXT)Bookmark here

Yeah I am!Bookmark here

KAI (TEXT)Bookmark here

Wanna study for the exam?Bookmark here

ASAMI (TEXT)Bookmark here

I was studying for that just now, but kept getting side tracked. Let’s meet up somewhere.Bookmark here

KAI (TEXT)Bookmark here

Want to meet in front of our class?Bookmark here

ASAMI (TEXT)Bookmark here

Yeah! See you soon.Bookmark here

EXT. CAMPUS - DAYBookmark here

Asami and Kai are walking to the library and chatting. The clouds have come in and the sky is looking gloomy.Bookmark here

KAIBookmark here

And then I fucking tripped while walking up the stairs just as the professor passed me. God that was so embarrassing.Bookmark here

Asami laughs at first, but sighs and returns to her worried expression. Kai immediately notices.Bookmark here

KAIBookmark here

Hey, you okay?Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Yeah yeah… I’m fine…Bookmark here

She’s tried to take her mind off of Yuuki, but can’t. The thought of him only continues to darken her worry lines.Bookmark here

ASAMI (CONT’D)Bookmark here

Actually not really.Bookmark here

KAIBookmark here

What’s wrong?Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

One of my close friends has been avoiding me recently. I don’t think he’s avoiding me specifically, but I have no idea what’s going on.Bookmark here

KAIBookmark here

Man, that sucks.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

We’re in the same club too and he hasn't been showing up to that either.Bookmark here

Kai pauses to think.Bookmark here

KAIBookmark here

Maybe it’s best not to ask if he’s not telling you anything. At least not for now. It might be really personal.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

That’s true. It’s just… I’ve known him for so long. I’m so worried.Bookmark here

KAIBookmark here

I know how you feel. I’m sure he’ll eventually open up.Bookmark here

Right at that moment, Asami spots Yuuki in the distance.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

OH MY GOD! Wait. Kai. I’ll meet you at the library. Just go ahead. I- um just remembered something I had to do!Bookmark here

Asami rushes over to Yuuki, who’s walking in the opposite direction. He doesn’t realize she’s there.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Yuuki! Wait.Bookmark here

He turns around, taking his earbuds out.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Oh. Hey, Asami.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Is something going on? You haven’t replied to my messages recently.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

It’s nothing. Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Are you sure? You haven’t been showing up to the club meetings either. Maya and Eric are worried too.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

It’s none of your business.Bookmark here

His response pisses her off.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

What do you mean it’s none of my business? Whatever’s happening right now is affecting our relationship. Did I do something?Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

No you didn’t.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Then what is it?! It’s okay! You can tell me.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

I don’t wanna talk about it. Just drop off. Bookmark here

Asami looks as though she’s about to cry, but pulls it together.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Asami… I-Bookmark here

She leans in and talks in a quiet voice.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

This is just like when you moved away. We promised we’d stay in touch, but you eventually didn’t bother contacting me or even replying back.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

That has nothing to do with this. Why are you bringing it up?Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

It does. It has everything to do with this.Bookmark here

A tense air settles between them.Bookmark here

ASAMI (CONT’D)Bookmark here

We were best friends. You ended it all.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

It wasn’t my decision to move to New York. We were kids. Long distance was never going to work in the first place.Bookmark here

Asami ceases talking and avoids eye contact with Yuuki.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

I need to go. I have class.Bookmark here

Yuuki walks away and Asami is left alone in her misery.Bookmark here


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