“Hey, Kendall, so we talked it over, and we were wondering what you wanted to do with our movie plot.” Sophia messaged him. The five of them were in a group chat on FaceBook for their Japanese movie project. “Oh, hm…. how about a story of two siblings visiting Japan? And then they stay with their rich cousin?” Kendall responded. “LMAO so you and Megan are visiting me?” Fanny sent back. “Yup.” “Well what about Sophia and Carly then?” “Ooh, can I somehow be the bad guy? I’ve always wanted to be the bad guy!” Carly sounded very happy with the plot, per usual. “Sure. You can be… uh, maybe the rich step-mother?” “Megan suggested. “OMG YES! And Sophia can be the maid.” Fanny definitely was having too much fun with this. “Uh, I refuse to wear a maid costume -_-” Sophia was unamused. “Then how about a fashion model??” Carly suggested. “Ooh, I love it! Sophia will be an exotic Thai model!” Fanny agreed. “Alright, but what’s she doing?” “Modeling obviously. But the reason why you guys are visiting is because Megan’s character idolizes Sofia’s character. And Sofia is traveling to Japan for a fashion show?” The theatre male proposed. “Alright, sounds like we have a plot in the making.” “What’s the title of the movie?” Carly wondered. “How about… ‘The Land of the Rising Love’?” Kendall joked. “Sounds good!” Fanny agreed. “Wait, I was joking!” “Too late, I’m lazy. Let’s roll with it.” The Chinese boy’s patience was already worn too thin. “Fine.”
“Guys, dinner time!” Mrs. Skye shouted. “Alright! What’s for dinner?” “Pork roast with rice and braised onions. And for veggies, green beans.” She presented proudly. “Sounds delicious.” Kendall grinned, as he was drawn to the dining table by the wafting aroma of the pork. “So how was your days?” Mr. Skye looked around. “Cross country season is ending soon, and Kendall and I are starting our group movie project for Japanese!” Megan chimed in. “Geometry is going alright. And my English 1 honors class, we finished reading To Kill a Mockingbird.” She finished, going back to eating the pork. “Well I got an A in my Geometry test, so I’m set for the rest of the semester.” Gil grinned. “We finished reading Farewell to Manzanar, and it was an interesting read, since it reminded me of grandma.” Gil was referring to Mrs. Skye’s mother, who was a Japanese immigrant during the time of World War 2. “It was a good book.” Kendall and Megan agreed. “And you, Kendall?” “Well like Megan said, we have a movie project to get started on. For the rest of my classes, surprisingly well! I got a few grades back in my classes, and they were all As!” He grinned. “I have my chem quiz tomorrow, but I studied a lot for it.” “Good luck!” Everyone chimed in. “Thanks. I’ll do my best.” Kendall grinned.
“So for the fashion show scene, let’s do that in the foyer in our house.” Fanny began. They were on the group chat again, talking about the logistics of the movie project. “We can go to the SLS Hotel or the Miyako in Little Tokyo for the scene when Sophia’s character arrives in the city for the fashion show.” He continued, running through the different scenes. The biggest perk to having a theatre arts person on their team was that Fanny knew how to film, edit, and had an eye for scenes and script writing; this project was his to get an A in. “And then I’m guessing that the conflict will be?” Carly wasn’t sure where the plot was going. “Since Carly wanted to be the villain, she can be jealous of Sophia being a model. And she wants to sabotage Sophia. But since Megan is a huge fan of Sophia, then the conflict will be between Carly and Megan.” He explained. “Wait, then Fanny, what would our characters do?” Kendall was confused. “Uh, I don’t know. You’ll help Megan? And I can just exist.” Fanny was not interested in taking a huge lead role, with him and Chloe having to play Mulan and Shan Yu on Friday’s production.
“So class, how did you guys like Tortilla Curtain so far?” Mrs. Johnson looked around at her first period class. It was Wednesday and the class had started reading their next book. “I found it hilarious how ironic it was. The fact that the wife is named America but she’s an illegal alien was just too in your face.” Matt chuckled. “Good observation, Matt. Irony will be a very big thing, you guys. That’s a part of satire.” Mrs. Johnson explained. “You’ll be seeing it a lot in this book.” “Kendall, did you read it yet?” Sophia whispered. “No, I was studying for Chem.” The brunette sighed. “Me too! Chem is hard.” She frowned in agreement. “Why bother studying for Chem?” Fanny rolled his eyes, eavesdropping on their conversation. “Because we want an A?” Kendall frowned. How could this guy get straight As when he doesn’t study?
“Alright, you guys have just 30 minutes for your quiz and it’s out of 20 points. Your time starts now.” Ms. Ling shouted. It was already third period. You could hear everyone flipping through the papers, pencils and pens scribbling frantically. Kendall looked at his quiz and smiled at the last question; he preferred to start at the end because those typically would be the harder questions. “What is entropy? Explain the function, the letter it represents, and positional entropy with the different kinds of molecules.” The brunette knew that if this was the hardest one, then he would have an easy time. It took him maybe 4 minutes to answer that question, and he quickly breezed through the multiple choices. “Here, Ms. Ling.” The brunette handed in his paper, feeling great about his chances of passing the quiz with an A.
“Are you going to watch Mulan with us on Friday?” Carly and Sophia looked at Kendall. “Well, I want to but Jared, Matt, and I are going camping on the weekend, and staying up late might not be the best idea…” Kendall trailed off. “Well, Jared and Matt are going too, so why don’t you just come?” Megan glared at her older brother. The four of them were in fifth period. Because the play was coming up soon, Fanny was excused from fifth and sixth period to help with the production. “Okay, fine. It’ll be funny to watch Fanny get crushed under a fake avalanche.” He snickered. “You are all kinds of messed up!” Sharquiqui shook her head. “Why don’t you come with us?” Carly smiled at her. “Because, girl, I have another biotech seminar at Harvard, so I’m flying straight to Boston right after class. “Aw, nuts. Okay.” Carly sighed. “What are you doing?! You have this time to get ahead start on writing your kanji!” Kawaguchi-sensei screamed.
“Hold this up, will you?!” It was in the theatre room; a classroom painted and decorated in pitch black for dramatic effect. The Advanced Theatre Arts students were in the room, getting together the set. Fanny was struggling to grab a hold of one of the wooden backdrops, painted to resemble a snow-filled mountain. “Fine, I’ll help.” Chloe pouted as she grabbed the other side of wooded block. “Okay, one, two, lift!” The siblings were able to get the board off the ground and walk towards the backstage area. “Wow, our two favorite Chiangs are getting the job done!” A brunette named Alex snickered as he was painting one of the sets. “Shut up, Alex! At least I’m not playing the fat soldier.” Fanny stuck his tongue out at his antagonist. “And at least I’m not being shot by a rocket off a castle.” He retorted, cackling.