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The Screenplay: Scene 14

Posted by Dave Bull on January 1, 2023 [Permalink]

Shinji paced back and forth in his workshop, his mind racing with thoughts about the bad review in the newspaper. He was so proud of his daughter Mayu, who had been doing so well with John, but now this. He was sure that John was trying his best, but it was clear that he was not as experienced as Mayu.

Shinji stopped pacing and looked at the woodblock prints he had created throughout his lifetime. He had poured his heart and soul into each of them, and now he wanted to do the same for Mayu and John. But he was too proud to reach out to them directly. He wanted to help, but he didn't want to appear as if he was interfering or trying to take over.

He walked over to his workbench and picked up a piece of wood. He ran his fingers over the grain and thought of the prints he had made for Mayu when she was just a little girl. He closed his eyes and took a deep breath, searching for a solution.

Finally, he made a decision. He grabbed a piece of paper and a pen and began to write. He wrote a long letter, offering his help and support, without ever mentioning the bad review. He addressed it to John, and added a postscript to Mayu that said, "I'm here if you need me."

Shinji sealed the letter and smiled. He knew that he had found the right way to help. He had done his best for his daughter and her friend, and that was enough.

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