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Be Evergreen


FADE IN.

INT. ELDERLY HOME - DAY

Getting out of a lift, PETER and his WIFE, both masked, see MOM#1 (93) in a wheelchair in a sitting area. Mom#1 immediately feels their presence.

PETER (V.O.)

Her sensory response

is still very good.

PETER

(Touching her hand)

Hi Mom!

WIFE

Why are you wearing

so little clothes?

Peter's wife then touches mom#1's hands.

WIFE (Cont'd)

Pretty cold. Let me get

your coat.

A beat.

As she is helping her mom to put on the coat, his wife asks mom#1.

WIFE

Do you know what day

is today?

Mom#1 looks bewildered.

WIFE (Cont'd)

It's the first day of the

New Year!

MOM#1

First day of the New

Year...

Mom#1 smiles.

MOM#1 (Cont'd)

(Feeling happy)

Happy New Year!

Good health! Great

Prosperity!

Mom#1 repeats her blessings.

Seeing some decorative green houseplants as they leave, Peter takes a photo.

INT. SITTING ROOM - NIGHT

Six to seven PEOPLE gather together. Peter chats with MOM#2 (90).

MOM#2

How's your mom?

PETER

My mom's okay. She's

about 2 years younger

than you.

Taking out his phone, Peter shows Mom#2 a photo.

PETER (Cont'd)

We had dinner with my

mom on New Year Eve.

Pointing at an image in the photo, Peter remarks.

PETER (Cont'd)

That's how my mom

looks like now.

Mom#2 examines the photo image.

MOM#2

She looks very happy.

PETER

Yes, she's always very

happy, like you. It's

easy for happy people

to live to a hundred!

Mom#2 looks reserved.

MOM#2

Over a hundred years!

PETER

(Apologetically)

Yes...Yes.

INT. SLEEPING ROOM - DAY

Waking up, Peter grabs his phone and taps.

PETER (V.O.)

Can people be evergreen?

Reading some small prints on screen.

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

There's a natural limit

to human's lifespan -

to live 125 years at

the most.

Nodding.

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

But the blessing to live

just to a hundred is dated

these days...

FLASHBACK

INT. VILLAGE STRUCTURE - DAY (1968)

Playing an acoustic guitar, Peter (14) is singing a sweet tune.

PETER

(With emotions)

Oh Darling, will our love

be like an evergreen tree?

Stay evergreen and young

as the seasons go...

END FLASHBACK

PETER (V.O.)

Fond memories. Yes,

be evergreen!

Peter then sings lively: On every branch will blossom. Dreams for me and you. Our tree of love will stay evergreen if our hearts stay ever true...

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

Through all that people

have gone through, life

to some, like the heart

of nature, is evergreen.

Peter smiles with dreamy eyes.

FADE OUT.

The End

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