Chapter 12:

By Your Side (Epilogue)

Enharmonic


FADE IN:Bookmark here

INT. YUUKI’S ROOM - DAYBookmark here

The phone dial tone rings and Yuuki holds his breath as he anticipates his mom to answer the call. She answers.Bookmark here

MRS. YAMASAKIBookmark here

Yuuki? Why are you calling me?Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

We need to talk.Bookmark here

MRS. YAMASAKIBookmark here

It’s about the financing isn’t it. I don’t have much time right now.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Please. I really want to talk to you.Bookmark here

Yuuki’s unexpected pleading tone makes her reconsider ending the call.Bookmark here

MRS. YAMASAKIBookmark here

Okay. What is it, Yuuki?Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

I feel like I’ve never been able to give you a proper explanation for why I want to major in music. Bookmark here

MRS. YAMASAKIBookmark here

Okay. Go ahead.Bookmark here

He takes a big breath to brace himself then continues.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Remember back when we first moved to New York? I had a really hard time making new friends at my new school and the environment was so foreign to me. That was the first time I truly felt comforted by music. Before that, going to piano lessons was a chore for me, but I really started enjoying creating tunes and melodies that matched my mood. That was the only thing I had in control of my life back then. Bookmark here

He takes a moment to sort the thoughts in his whirling mind.Bookmark here

YUUKI (CONT’D)Bookmark here

I’m really grateful for all the instruments you and dad bought me back then and I really thought I had your support when it came to music. I know this is gonna sound cringy, but I feel like I owe my life to music. It made me feel safe when I didn’t know what was going on. I want others to feel comfort from the music I create too.Bookmark here

Yuuki stops for a response from his mom, but she has not said a word. After a while, she answers.Bookmark here

MRS. YAMASAKIBookmark here

I never knew you felt that way. Why didn’t you tell me this?Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Well… It’s kinda embarrassing. I didn’t think you cared either.Bookmark here

MRS. YAMASAKIBookmark here

Yuuki, I care about you. Why do you think I opposed your major in the first place? I want you to have a secure future and be able to provide for yourself.Bookmark here

Yuuki tears up a bit. It’s the first time he had heard his mom say anything like that.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

I know that, but… Bookmark here

He wipes away a tear, but keeps his voice steady, so his mom doesn’t realize he’s weeping on the other side of the phone.Bookmark here

YUUKI (CONT’D)Bookmark here

Wow. I really did make a selfish decision didn’t I… Bookmark here

MRS. YAMASAKIBookmark here

Yes you did, but I understand where you’re coming from now.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

You do?Bookmark here

MRS. YAMASAKIBookmark here

Yes. Yuuki, I worry about you everyday, but I want you to be happy too. I still don’t think music is the right path, but are you willing to give it your all to make this dream a reality.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Yes! Of course I will! I’ve been trying my hardest this whole time.Bookmark here

MRS. YAMASAKIBookmark here

Okay. I’ll talk to your father about your education again and get back to you.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Seriously?! Thank you so much. Really. And… I’m sorry about everything that has happened in the past few years.Bookmark here

MRS. YAMASAKIBookmark here

Apology Accepted. Make sure to eat. Take care. Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Okay. Bye.Bookmark here

The call ends. Yuuki falls onto his bed, happy with the outcome, but also bewildered at the fact it happened. Years of stress and other burdens are suddenly lifted off his shoulders. The tears he had been holding in stream down his face.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

So that was all I had to do this whole time. Just talk.Bookmark here

FADE:Bookmark here

EXT. CAMPUS - DAYBookmark here

With the urgency of finals season and the project deadline closing in, the month of May ends in a blink of an eye and the film club successfully submits their short film. The team restlessly awaits for the festival results to come out.Bookmark here

TIME SKIP:Bookmark here

EXT. LA FILM FESTIVAL - DAYBookmark here

The group is pleased to walk through the crowd of people all in an excited buzz. There are several booths set up with food and brochures for the arts. People gather anxiously at the stage in order to hear the results of the contest.Bookmark here

ANNOUNCERBookmark here

And the winner is… Bookmark here

FADE:Bookmark here

EXT. MANHATTAN BEACH PIER - SUNSETBookmark here

The members gather near the bonfire; some making smores, talking around the fire, while others play volleyball off to the side. Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Great job everyone! Second place is still a big flex!Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

It is! But that first place film was really good.Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

I know right, but now we know what we’re competing against next year. Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

We’ll work our ass off next year and get first!Bookmark here

Although the team doesn’t win first place, they’re more than happy to have gotten second place. To celebrate their accomplishment and hard work, they plan a beach bonfire that weekend. Yuuki sits off to the side in a somber mood. Asami notices. Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Hey, what's wrong? We should be celebrating!Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

It’s just… I could’ve done better with the music. If only I didn’t go MIA for a whole month, we could’ve won. Maybe my music was lacking.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Don’t blame yourself. This was a collaborative project. Your music was amazing and it really enhanced the film.Bookmark here

He smiles at her reassurance.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

I guess we’ve still got next year. Sorry I didn’t mean to be depressing.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

That’s right! We’ve got this!Bookmark here

They watch as Eric, Maya, and the other club members grow motivated about working on next year's film.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Hey, can I talk to you privately?Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Yeah oh course!Bookmark here

They stroll over to the pier just as the sun starts to dip along the horizon.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

I just wanted to apologize again and say thank you for everything that has happened in the past few months. Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Don’t worry about it! I’m really glad you were finally able to talk to your mom about this too.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Yeah. I’ve been so focused on trying to prove her wrong and everything I did was out of spite, but honestly you kinda made me realize I was wrong.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

What?! I didn’t do anything! You were able to overcome this conflict on your own. I should be thanking you too. Seeing the way you talk about music has been really inspiring. You know what? I’m gonna do it.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Do what?Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Change my major to art!Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Seriously?! That’s great!Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Yeah I’ve always considered art to be a very lonely path of competing against others, but this project made me realize what I truly wanted to do. I didn’t realize how encouraging it would be to be around others with the same passion.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

The environment helps a lot.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

It really does. And as you said before, I won’t be able to impress everyone, but doing what makes me happy is the ultimate reward. Bookmark here

Yuuki’s ringtone emanates from his pocket. He pulls out his phone to see who is calling him.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

It’s my mom.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Oh my god. Are you gonna answer?Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

I don’t know…Bookmark here

They look at each other and Asami nods, urging him to answer. Yuuki answers the call.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Hello?Bookmark here

MRS. YAMASAKIBookmark here

Hi. Your father and I watched your film online. Miyuki sent it to us. Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Oh. Thanks for checking it out, but we didn’t win first place…Bookmark here

MRS. YAMASAKIBookmark here

That’s alright. You put your all into this project, right?Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Yeah I did.Bookmark here

MRS. YAMASAKIBookmark here

Then that’s all that matters. We think you did a great job.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Really? Bookmark here

MRS. YAMASAKIBookmark here

Yes. Keep up the good work.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Thank you!Bookmark here

He looks at Asami, who’s also smiling while listening to the flow of the conversation.Bookmark here

MRS. YAMASAKIBookmark here

That’s all. I’ll talk to you later? Okay?Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Okay. Talk to you later. Bye.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

So? What did she say?Bookmark here

Without thinking, Yuuki hugs Asami, nearly lifting her into the air. Asami hugs him back joyfully. They both laugh.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Seems like we both got what we wanted.Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

Yes we did! Damn. That was one hell of a semester.Bookmark here

They both look out at the sunset, surfers catching waves below them and seagulls flying overhead. They suddenly hear their names being called from a distance. It’s Eric and Maya.Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

There you guys are! Bookmark here

YUUKIBookmark here

We were just talking.Bookmark here

ERICBookmark here

Sure. Just talking, huh.Bookmark here

MAYABookmark here

This beach is really nice! We should walk to the end of the pier.Bookmark here

ASAMIBookmark here

Yeah, let's go!Bookmark here

They all cheerfully make their way down the pier, resting their arms upon the wooden railing. The breeze rustles the locks of their hair, only enhancing the calm they feel after achieving their goals. Sure, they are all aware the future may hold more in store, but all that matters right now is the present, their unity as friends, and the golden lights fading behind the undulating waves, bringing their journey to an end.Bookmark here

THE END.Bookmark here

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