Playlist Series (Contemporary Romance)
Playlist #1. Songs of Our Breakup
Every breakup has its playlist.
How do you get over a seven-year relationship? 21-year-old Jill is trying to find out. But moving on is a harder job when Kim, her ex-boyfriend, is the lead guitarist of the band, and Jill is the vocalist. Every song they play together feels like slicing open a barely healed tattoo.
Jill’s best friend Miki says she will be out of this gloom soon. Breakups have a probation period, he says. Jill is on the last month of hers and Miki is patiently keeping her company.
But the real silver lining is Shinta. Having a hot Japanese actor friend in times like these is a welcome distraction. This gorgeous celebrity has been defying time zones and distance through the years to be there for Jill. Now he is here, physically present, and together he and Jill go through old lyrics, vivid memories, walks in the rain, and bottles of beer. Together they try to answer the question: what do you do when forever ends?
Playlist Short Track: That Thing Called Closure
A Playlist Short Track, #WriteBreakupSongsAbout short story
Nino isn’t built for long distance relationships.He should have told Suze that when she decided to leave Manila to take that work assignment in Canada. Being a drummer for popular rock band Trainman meant Nino was surrounded by fan girls all the time, and sure enough, he was the idiot who made the mistake of kissing one of them. The least he could do was admit this to Suze, and deal with their phone call breakup. Weeks later, the band is in Singapore for a music festival, and Nino finds out that Suze is there too. Is this his chance to see her again for that thing called ‘closure’? Or is this the part where he tries to win her back? Either way, what the hell, he’s going to find out.
Playlist #2: Songs to Get Over You
It’s harder to get over someone who was never really yours.
They say rock stars get all the girls. But Miki knows that’s not always true. He, for one, though the guitarist of popular indie band Trainman, just can’t seem to get the girl. It’s kind of his fault, really. No one told him to fall in love with Jill. No one told him to stand still and watch as she moved on from a terrible breakup into the arms of another guy—a Japanese celebrity with the face of an angel and the body of a god.
So when someone else comes along, someone who finds him cute, smart, and funny (sometimes in the haha sort of way), will Miki finally move on? Or will he continue to pine for Jill?
Playlist #3: Songs to Make You Stay
Love isn’t supposed to be this hard.
Now that he’s finally won Jill, the girl who’s always rocked his world, you’d think life would be heaven on earth for Shinta Mori. In a way, it is. But maybe he’s underestimated the fact that he’s a hunky movie star in Japan while his girl is ruling the indie music scene all the way in Manila.
When he spends a long-awaited vacation with her–through impromptu performances, frenzied flyer distribution, and unhinged radio guestings–he realizes how imperfect his seemingly perfect life is. And he begins to wonder if what they have is strong enough to survive years of being apart.
Can Shinta prove he’s worthy of the spotlight the universe shines on him? And more importantly, deserving of the devotion of a young girl in love?
Playlist #4: Songs You Come Back To
Playlist #5: Songs To Your Beat
Nino thinks it’s going quite well. So what does it matter that his ex is back in the country? Or that he’s weighed down with guilt he hasn’t been able to shake off for too long? With his brand new attempt at happy-finally-after, none of that matters. Right?