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A Timepiece


FADE IN.

EXT. STANLEY MARKET - DAY

PETER walks slowly along a quiet lane of shops. At one shop, some little artistic pieces appeal to his eyes. He stops to examine them.

PETER (V.O.)

Oh, they're unbreakable

mirrors. So, they're

functional apart from

the eye-appeal external

appearance.

Peter selects a few pieces and walks towards the CASHIER. Then, a timepiece in a toy bicycle design displayed on one self stops him.

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

I bought the same awhile

ago in a boutique store

in Yuen Long...

MONTAGE OF PETER'S CYCLING EXPERIENCE

A. EXT. VILLAGE PATHS - DAY (1960)

Peter (6) rides on a kid's bicycle.

PETER (V.O.)

I love to ride my bike.

It's fun. I go quicker

then walking bare-

footed.

B. EXT. VEHICLE ROADS - DAY (1964)

Getting a children's bike for a rental store, Peter (10) rides on it happily.

PETER (V.O.)

Let me challenge my

record by riding from

Hung Shui Kiu to Lau

Fau Shan!

Off he goes.

C. EXT. COUNTRY PARK - DAY (1969)

Peter (15) is riding a standard bicycle with a GIRL#1 (15) sitting at the back. Another BOY (16) is riding another GIRL#2 (15).

PETER (V.O.)

The first time in my

life...Got to be very

careful...

He looks pretty serious.

D. EXT. FAIRVIEW PARK - DAY (1983)

Riding a blue BMX steadily, PETER (29) is leading his WIFE (28), who is zigzaging with her black BMX.

PETER

Not bad. Keep up

the momentum.

E. EXT. FAIRVIEW PARK - DAY (1991)

Peter (37) is riding his SON (1) on a black BMX. His son sits in a baby seat fixed in front of Peter's seat.

PETER

Are you enjoying

the ride?

His son looks confused.

F. EXT. CYCLING GROUND - DAY (2011)

Peter (47) is teaching his three CHILDREN (15, 13 and 11), one by one, how to maintain balance on bicycles. He looks exhausted.

PETER (V.O.)

I've got to teach them.

Youngsters these days

won't pick up the skill

by themselves.

G. INT. OFFICE - DAY (2012)

In a corridor, Peter (58) is riding a small bike as other OFFICERS stare at him.

PETER

This is the smallest

and lightest bike in

the world. I want to

demonstrate what's

an inventive patent

and a new design.

F. INT. SITTING ROOM - DAY (2018)

Peter (64) is staring at six bicycles of different colours, designs, shapes and sizes - some with flat tires.

PETER (V.O.)

I dreamt that we'd

ride together some

day. But the day

seems farther and

farther away.

END FLASHBACK

Peter blinks his eyes.

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

Overall, good times

and fond memories.

Peter looks at the timepiece again.

PETER (V.O.)

As a toy-bicycle

timepiece, it always

ticks - symbolizing

our friendship between

my Canadian friend

and me.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.)

Further, as we've

similar traits, it'd

be nice if we've

something similar

in our homes too. I

hope he'd like it.

INT. SITTING ROOM, VICTORIA - NIGHT

Together with his Canadian FRIEND (64) and his friend's English WIFE (61), Peter presents them a gift.

PETER

One of the gifts I

brought you both

from Hong Kong

is this.

His friend opens a box.

FRIEND

Oh, it's a timepiece with

a toy-bicycle design.

WIFE

You used to do bicycling!

His friend then reads the manual and gets the time piece running.

PETER (V.O.)

He's meticulous - hasn't

changed a bit since we

parted in 1987.

His friend then displays the clock in a shelf. Peter takes a photo of it and sends a What'sApp message. Later, he sees a reply with question marks.

PETER (V.O.)

(Smiling)

My wife thought it was

a co-incidence. No, I've

made it happen.

Later, his friend compares his phone time with the clock time.

FRIEND

It works!

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

I hope we're doing

reasonably well with

each tick!

Peter smiles.

FADE OUT. The End

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