translation

  

INT. N’S LIVING ROOM – DAY

N sits at the dinning table.  Some texts in German, a big fat dictionary, and a notebook spread in front of her.  N concentrates on the text.  She writes a word in a notebook full of small sized words, and then checks in the dictionary.  She writes a sentence in the notebook, and then goes back to the text.

INT. GERMAN LESSON ROOM – DAY

N shows her notebook to G.  G smiles nervously and starts to read.  

LATER

“It looks good, ” G says with an empty smile.  “Now you know how the long sentences are like;  German is famous for them.”

INT. BEAUTY SALON – DAY

N sits in a chair with her hair getting colored by a STYLIST standing behind her.  N reads the book “Beyond Good and Evil.”
“You always have your hair done by Ms. Inada,” Stylist says to N.  “Yes.  Please tell her I said hello.” N replies.

NETSURFING

N reads about Nietzsche on Wikipedia.

LATER

N comes across A PHOTO OF GHOSTLY GIRL.

DREAM

The ghostly girl in black and white smiles.

INT. CAFE – AFTERNOON

N looks stressed out.  She sits at a small table by herself, texts on iPhone.  APP: STORY PLANNER.

A tall Caucasian MALE walk passes in front of N.  N looks up from her phone, pauses, takes a sip of her coffee, then returns to her phone.

BLOG

N receives a Like on her blog.  N taps on the blog from the person who gave her the Like and starts to read.  N taps on Follow to the writer.

 

piano lesson

  
INT. PIANO LESSON ROOM

“Is your dress from Lois? I have a dress like yours, but I have never worn it.” N stands in front of C holding sheets of music. C smiles. Phone RINGS from another room. C excuses herself from the room.

N sits in front of a grand piano. C enters the room.

RING from C’s iPhone. C checks on the phone for a second, then goes back to N. “Go ahead,” C says to N.

N doesn’t play well. N goes over the sheet and teaches N. N struggles on the piece.

LATER

“Thank you for the cookie recipe, I haven’t made it though. I still need to get some of the ingredients.” N explains. “Sometimes I get mine from the store next to the supermarket. ” C gives a piece of good advice.

INT. F’S LIVING ROOM – NIGHT

F plays a piece from a famous French movie with a keyboard. He plays beautifully.

“You really improved your skill, and you just began to take lessons a year ago at the age of 70! How did you do it?” N asks in admiration. “I practice 20 minutes everyday.” F says.

INT. N’S LIVING ROOM/KITCHEN/BEDROOM

N reads a book;

N cooks dinner;

N texts on iPhone;

N cleans home with a vacuum cleaner;

N sleeps.

INT. PIANO LESSON ROOM

N plays poorly. N looks stressed, while C smiles with patience. C corrects N’s mistakes.

INT. N’S BEDROOM

N types in her iPad, looks sleepy. WORD COUNT: 523.

LATER

N’s eyes are half-closed. She pauses her typing. WORD COUNT: 801.

N looks satisfied as she turns off the iPad.

Misunderstood

  
INT. N’S LIVING ROOM – DAY

N sits on the sofa, folding laundry.

FLASHBACK – 8’S BEDROOM

N and 8 are arguing. “Why do you keep talking when I said I understand already?” 8 complains. “Because I need to make sure that you really understand!” N explains.

FLASHBACK – B’S LIVING ROOM

B is talking to N. B looks upset. N looks like she is misunderstood, but she tries to keep calm.

BACK TO THE PRESENT

“I am going,” 8’s voice. CLOCK on the wall: 8:00. N gets up and rushes to the entrance.

INT. N’S ENTRANCE – 5 SECONDS LATER

“Have a nice day.” N says to 8 as he walks out the door. N looks relieved.

Spaghetti

  

INT. N’S ROOM – MORNING

N wakes up and looks at the alarm clock: 7:15.  N JUMPS OUT of the bed.  “It’s 7:15!” she shouts.

N wakes 8 up, but 8 does not get up. 

INT. N’S ENTRANCE – LATER

N tells M, “Good bye.” as M walks out the door.

INT. N’S BEDROOM – LATER

N has tears in her eyes when she tells 8 who is still in bed that, “You are not getting anything good out of this.”

INT. N’S DINNING ROOM – LATER

N starts to work on the translation of some German texts at the dinning table.

INT. LESSON ROOM – AFTERNOON

N sits in front of T. Textbooks in front of them.  

T talks and N listens quietly with nodding her head.  

N’s smile grows empty and weary.

The clock RINGS 1 time.

NEWS ON THE PHONE:
Europe – Immigrants
America – Trump
Japan – Authority apologizing
China – Air pollution

INT. N’S BEDROOM – NIGHT

N sits in bed with her iPad.

FLASHBACK

N makes meat sauce spaghetti for 8. 8 looks happy when he eats it.

BACK TO PRESENT

N starts to type on iPad: “Is unhappiness so bad? It’s only a part of the human condition.”

Noumenon

There was a knock on the door. R opened the door. “What are you doing here?” He looked very surprised to see N.

“I am here to give you the present that I had promised you,” N said.

“What do you mean? You sent me the present already!” R said.

“I mean the other present,” N said. ¬† She leaned forward and kissed him on the cheek. “Goodbye,” N waved her hand.

“Are you out of your mind?!” R shouted hysterically. ¬†With a grin, N turned around and walked away as fast as she could. Watching N disappearing from his sight, R remained at the door, puzzled.

N doesn’t understand why she went to R’s apartment either, only that the act was suicidal. She doesn’t even remember what happened before she knocked on his door or before she saw the ghostly look on R’s face. “So I’d done it again…What is WRONG with me?” N thought. But by then it was too late–she had just ruined everything.

Letter to P

  
Hello P,

How are you?  Thank you for correcting my diary!

I am interested in writing in general but I don’t know what to write about specifically.  Writing a journal is a necessity for me but all I write is thoughts and ideas that occur to me.  I feel like I have been writing and brainstorming forever.  What would you suggest for me to do with my writing?  Is it possible for me to be more creative about it?

Sincerely,

N