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A Family Gathering


FADE IN.

INT. SITTING ROOM - DAY

PETER sits side by side with his WIFE, who is checking something with her computer.

WIFE

Our younger daughter

is returning to Brighton

and will be in London

later in the day.

Peter nods.

INT. DINING ROOM - DAY

Peter and his ELDER SON are chatting.

WIFE

We'll skype at 9 pm.

PETER

With our elder daughter

and younger son?

WIFE

Yes.

PETER

Can our younger

daughter join us

in UK?

WIFE

No.

FLASHBACK

EXT. UNITED KINGDOM - DAY (late September 2019)

Peter, his wife and the younger daughter are motoring and having a great time in Oxford, Southampton and Bournemouth..

END FLASHBACK

Peter looks at the table clock.

PETER (V.O.)

It'll be 10 pm in Japan

and 11 pm in Australia.

It's 9 pm. Lines connected. We see two images of a YOUNG WOMAN and a YOUNG MAN appearing on a computer screen. Peter's wife grabs KAJI, the family pet, to join the gathering. Peter and his elder son are on the sideline.

YOUNG WOMAN

(Proudly showing her background)

Here's my new home.

What you see are all

Japanese standard

facilities.

ALL

How orderly and nice!

YOUNG MAN

(Looking very tired)

It's hell here.

PETER

(To Wife)

What a contrast! One

is smiling all over and

the other...

WIFE One has just settled down

in Japan and the other has

been downunder for nearly

two years already.

ELDER SON

(To Young Man)

Stay focused - Another

year will be another

hell.

FLASHBACK

EXT. AUSTRALIA - DAY (Early July 2019)

The young man drives Peter and his elder son along the Blue Mountain region. They also watch the opera "Madama Butterfly" at the Sydney Opera House together.

END FLASHBACK

PETER

But when you make

the grade, you'll be

very proud of what

you've gone through.

FLASHBACK

INT. HOME - DAY & NIGHT (1981-1985)

Thick law books by his side, Peter (27-31) with tired eyes, studies hard.

END FLASHBACK.

PETER

(To Young Woman)

I'll pay you a visit

later in the month.

But I won't bring

you the soft drinks

you like as I want

to travel light.

Occupying a prime position in the gathering, Kaji shows no interest to what is going on.

WIFE

It's obvious that she

can hear their voices.

ELDER SON

Perhaps, she's too

short-sighted to see.

PETER

Perhaps, she can't

understand why they

don't have any scent.

PETER (V.O.)

But for us, to be able

to have such a gathering

is heart-warming.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.)

We're in fact very

happy that they're

away from Hong

Kong!

A beat. The family wave goodbyes before the screen goes dark.

FADE OUT. The End

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