Chapter 11:

Pavane

Enharmonic


Episode 11: PavaneBookmark here

CHILDHOOD FLASHBACK:Bookmark here

EXT. PARK - DAYBookmark here

Yuuki and Asami, still in elementary school, sit on the gently swaying swing set after Yuuki delivers some unfortunate news.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

So you’re moving away?Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Yeah.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Will you come back?Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

I don’t know…Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Oh…Bookmark here

The two sit across from each other with a downtrodden mood.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Oh I know! I can come visit you once I’m old enough? Maybe when I’m 16 or 17? I’ll be a high schooler by then!Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

That’s such a long time from now. Will you even remember me?Bookmark here

Asami starts tearing up.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Don’t worry I’ll remember. Here, I’ll promise to visit you in the future.Bookmark here

Yuuki raises a finger for a pinky promise.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Okay. Remember me. Bookmark here

FADE:Bookmark here

EXT. CAMPUS - DAYBookmark here

There’s less than a month left of the spring semester and everyone’s in crunch mode. While Yuuki and Eric walk over to film club, Yuuki finally opens up to Eric about what’s been going on.Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Seriously? Your parents did that?Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Yeah. That’s why I’ve been missing in action.Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Damn. That makes a lot of sense… And have you talked to your parents?Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

No…Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

You need to talk to them! Being an only child, my father wasn’t very fond of the idea of me studying film or becoming an actor, but after having a genuine conversation with him, he finally agreed to support me. Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Isn’t your mom an actress too? Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Yes… it took some convincing from her too…Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Right. I don’t think it’ll be that easy for me.Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

You won’t know until you try!Bookmark here

INT. FILM CLUB ROOM - DAYBookmark here

They make it to the club room and Yuuki immediately spots Asami, who seems to be preoccupied. They hold eye contact, but immediately look away. Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

But talking to Asami is probably your priority for now.Bookmark here

FADE:Bookmark here

After a while, Asami finishes up her part on the storyboards. She brushes her hand against her forehead.Bookmark here

ASAMI (V.O.)Bookmark here

Aaaaand done! Film climax is complete!Bookmark here

She gets out of her chair and takes a quick stretch break. Maya approaches her.Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

Heyo- How’s it going?Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Just finished up the scene!Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

Oooh let me see!Bookmark here

Asami hands Maya the stack of paper filled with dialogue and thumbnails.Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

They look so good!! Asami, you’ve improved so much since this project first started! You should seriously be proud of yourself.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

For once I actually am! I’m so used to creating full illustrations, so doing loose, gestural sketches had a learning curve, but I’m proud of what I can make now!Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

Yesss get it, gurl!Bookmark here

Maya gives Asami a quick side hug. Asami sighs and her smile fades. Maya automatically is able to tell what’s in her friend’s mind.Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

Have you talked to Yuuki yet?Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

No…Bookmark here

Maya lets out a strangled breath.Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

I know confrontation is hard, but you’ll feel a lot better once you talk to him.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

I know… I should’ve listened to Kai’s advice. I’ve been talking to Yuuki for the past few months, but that doesn’t mean I know everything that has happened during the past 9 years I wasn’t with him. I should’ve known better to not be so pushy about these things. This is all my fault.Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

Stop blaming yourself. You only tried reaching out to him to help… but you should seriously talk to him. If you don’t say anything right now… There might not be a relationship to come back to. And I’m talking from personal experience.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

You’re right.Bookmark here

Asami looks at the time, there's still a good amount of it left until the meeting ends.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

You know what? I’ll go talk to him right now. He’s in one of the music practice rooms right?Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

Yeah I think so.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Okay. I’ll be back! Give the storyboards to Monica.Bookmark here

Asami rushes over to the music department area. Her anxiety worsens as she gets closer. She can feel her heartbeat rushing into her head.Bookmark here

ASAMI (V.O.)Bookmark here

You’ve got this. I’m going to be fine. I just need to talk to him. That’s it. Bookmark here

She finds the music practice rooms and peeks into the rooms to look for Yuuki. She can’t find him anywhere. There’s a room that has his laptop and backpack scattered inside, but he’s not present.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Huh? Where is he? Bookmark here

Disappointed at her failed attempt of reaching out to Yuuki, Asami gives up her search. Right as she passes a bigger auditorium, she hears someone performing a piece.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Wait. I know this song.Bookmark here

INT. RECITAL HALL - DAYBookmark here

As she gets closer, she recognizes the melody as Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess. She stretches out a shaky hand and quietly opens the door. It’s Yuuki. The room is dim with a bright spotlight on the stage. There’s a grand piano in the center. She’s in awe. She remains frozen at the entrance until the music ends, not wanting to disturb him, but also enjoying the melody.Bookmark here

Yuuki finishes the piece and looks towards the entrance. They lock eyes.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

oH sorry… I- uh was just wondering what you were up to. That was amazing.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Thanks.Bookmark here

He looks sad as he dips his head towards the keys. She takes this as her cue to get closer and figure out what’s wrong.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Were you thinking about your mom?Bookmark here

Yuuki looks up, surprised.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Yeah. How’d you know?Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

I remember she used to play that piece a lot when we were younger. She wanted you to be able to play it, right?Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Yeah.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

She must be happy that you know it now!Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

I’ve never played it for her.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

What? Why not?Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

I guess… we drifted apart. She probably doesn’t care anymore.Bookmark here

Asami starts to find Yuuki’s expression unreadable as there appears to be a mix of anger among the sadness.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

You should play it for her when you go back to New York!Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

I don’t know. I don’t know if I’ll ever go back.Bookmark here

Asami looks down at Yuuki, unsure of what to say.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Don’t say that… I’m sure your parents still care about you.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Their actions don’t say that… But that’s just how they are. They’ve never been that expressive or straight forward about those things. Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Tough love.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Yup.Bookmark here

The air turns tense. Asami breaks the silence.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Can we talk?Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Yeah. I think we need to.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

I’m really sorry about what happened the other day.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

You don’t have to apologize. It’s really not your fault. So uh… Things have been a bit hectic recently. I actually got into an argument with my mom and she… ugh. You know how she is. She always somehow manages to screw up my life. Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Yeah… That seems like the recent pattern…Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Just know what none of this is your fault. I should’ve told you what was going on. Honestly, you’re probably the one who would’ve understood me the most.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

I really need to apologize though. I really don’t know why I lashed out at you that time. I guess I was scared. Scared that we’d end up losing our friendship again.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

I don’t blame you. I did break the promise we made when I moved away.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

It’s fine. We were just kids back then. Maybe I was being selfish and naive, thinking everything would work out perfectly.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

What I did in the past is bringing back all this pain. Everything would’ve worked out if it weren’t for me.Bookmark here

A heartbeat of a sigh passes in Yuuki’s throat.Bookmark here

YUUKI (CONT’D)Bookmark here

Back in January when you first saw me at the cafe that night, I thought you’d be mad at me.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Mad about what?Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

For breaking the promise. But you weren’t/ You just welcomed me back into your life like nothing happened. I was seriously grateful for that. I really wanted this to work.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Then… Why didn’t you reach out to me during the past few weeks?Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

I didn’t want to trouble you with my problems. I thought leaving you out of all of this drama was the right decision, but maybe I was wrong.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

I should’ve been less intrusive in the first place. We all have things that we want to keep to ourselves.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

You have the right to ask. I could’ve given you a better explanation. Instead, I treated you like shit cause I couldn’t think of what to see without telling you everything.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

You can tell me anything! You think it’ll burden me, but it pains me more to see you like this. Even if I can’t help with the problem directly, you can still talk to me. Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Are you sure? I really don’t wanna waste your time with my problems. I’m sure you have better things to be doing.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

No. You are my number one priority at the moment. I want to help you.Bookmark here

They both smile.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Thanks, Asami. Bookmark here

Yuuki goes on to explain everything that happened between him and his mom. Asami listens intently.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

I think what Eric said is right. You should talk to your parents. Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

I really don’t think anything good will come out of talking to them.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

From what you’ve told me, it seems like you never had the opportunity to fully explain yourself. Music is really your thing! I want your parents to understand that too.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

You’re right. I’ll talk to them.Bookmark here


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