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The First & Last


FADE IN:

INT. MERITON SUITE, ZETLAND - DAY

A one-room suite with a balcony. PETER, PLATO and ZENO relax in different sofas.

PLATO

Here's much better.

PETER

We've checked in here

multiple times. It's a 40-

minute walk to UNSW

and a 15-minute walk to

the Green Square Station.

I stayed my first night

here.

Pausing.

PETER (Cont'd)

We'll walk you to the

Station before 7.00pm

tonight to go to the

Airport.

PLATO

It's my day 3 here. Where

to go Zeno?

Zeno thinks.

PLATO

Run out of good places

to go already?

ZENO

We can go to the Wild

Life Sydney Zoo, and

then to Watsons Bay, if

you like.

EXT. WILD LIFE SYDNEY ZOO - DAY

Sunny afternoon. A sea of people are queuing before the ticketing counters.

PETER

It's Sunday today...

We shouldn't waste

our time waiting...

PLATO

Let's just go to Watsons

Bay.

PETER

(Nodding)

Since our Sunday public

transport fees have been

capped, our ferry trips

would be free!

EXT. CIRCULAR QUAY, SYDNEY - DAY

Blue sky. Father and sons sit at a ferry's open deck. As the ferry leaves the quay, they begin to see a magnificent view of the Sydney Harbour.

FLASHBACK

EXT. SYDNEY HARBOUR - DAY (1995)

Blue sky. Peter (41) and his WIFE are enjoying a cruise in a pleasure boat with dozens of GUESTS.

PETER

(To Wife)

Our conference host

is very hospitable.

They chat with other guests.

END FLASHBACK

PETER

Now, I'm enjoying the

ferry trip with my two

sons. Just as good!

Peter captures the spectacular view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

EXT. WATSONS BAY - DAY

Sailing boats. Harbourside town with a nice beach. Father and sons begin their Watsons Bay walk.

PETER We've to get back in good time to catch the

ferry back so that Plato

won't miss his flight.

PLATO

Don't worry! Just enjoy,

we can take Uber back

to Zetland. Here isn't

an island, it's just a bay.

They see the Tasman Sea and pass through the Hornby Keeper's Cottage.

PETER

This Cottage reminds me

of the First and Last House

at Land's End. I first went

there in 1987. The last time

we went together was in

2004.

ZENO

The first and last house?

PLATO

It depends on the perspective.

Looking from the west, it's the

first house in England; from

the east, it's the last.

PETER

You're there. Remember our UK motoring trip to find

Thomas the Tank Engine?

Zeno tries to remember. Peter takes a photo of the Cottage with the distant city skyline in the background.

Having walked past the Hornby Lighthouse, they return to the Lady Bay Beach.

PETER

I know what to do the

next time I visit Sydney.

As they queue up at the quay, the sun begins to set.

EXT. FERRY - DAY

They sit by the port side.

PETER

We can take photos of the

lit-up Sydney Opera House.

Pausing.

PETER (Cont'd)

Having been to Sydney,

Canberra and Melbourne,

I think Sydney still has

an edge overall.

Plato and Zeno hear Peter's remark.

PETER (V.O,)

Which Australian city is

the first or the last in

my view doesn't really

matter as I'm flying

back to Hong Kong

tomorrow.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

But for my sons...it's

up to them to be the

captains of their souls!

INT. GREEN SQUARE STATION - NIGHT

Carrying his baggage, Plato says goodbye to Zeno and Peter.

PETER (V.O.)

Plato has given invaluable

peer support and guidance

to Zeno.

EXT. MERITON SUITES, ZETLAND - NIGHT

Zeno and Peter part. Peter watches Zeno walking farther and farther away in a dimly-lit street.

PETER (V.O.)

He's a young man now...

How come Zhu Ziqing's

"Back Shadow" came up

to my mind? FADE OUT. The End

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