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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

A Fruitful Day

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. SITTING ROOM - 09:30

  4. PETER picks up car keys from a box.

  5. PETER (V.O.): I'm taking my Silvia 13 to a car-testing center.

  6. Pausing.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If it gets a clean bill, I'll store it in my NT home and drive another one back to the city.

  8. Peter looks out of the window.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The day looks fine. I should go swimming at Golden Beach too.

  10. Peter puts his swimming gear into a red bag.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): See if I can make today a fruitful day

  12. With keys in hand, Peter carries his bag and exits.

  13. Act 2


  15. Waiting room. While consuming a soft drink, Peter reads a car magazine.

  16. PETER (V.O.): I used to buy car magazines, dreaming what cars to buy.

  17. Pausing.

  18. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I bought my Silvia 13 in 1989 to celebrate my promotion to Senior Crown Counsel in the Attorney General's Chambers. .

  19. Pausing.

  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And after 33 years, I'm still in love with my Silvia 13.

  21. Later, a MECHANIC passes Peter a certificate.

  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Great! Spending good money to maintain it, I've added another year to my Silvia's life!

  23. EXT. TUEN MUN HIGHWAY - 11.30

  24. Looking through the windshield of the road ahead, Peter is driving swiftly.

  25. PETER (V.O.): My Silvia 13 has reborn.

  26. EXT. GOLDEN BEACH - 12:00

  27. Checking a phone message, Peter also sees an image.

  28. PETER (V.O.): Oh, my gardener reports that some tiles of the gate pillar of my NT home have fallen off.

  29. Pausing.

  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): They're over 20 years old and have stood the rain and sunshine. Anyway, I'm on my way home.

  31. Towing a safety cyber-green safety buoy, Peter swims to the outer limits of the swimming area.

  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I can't direct the wind and waves, but I can adjust my pace and swimming style.

  33. Seeing Peter approaching his rescue rowboat, the lifeguard gives way.

  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I really appreciate his reaching out, and those in lifeguard towers at the shore.


  36. Watching lakeside activities, Peter eats seafood rice in soup and drinks a mango soda.

  37. PETER (V.O.): I need to re-energize myself after a non-stop 45-minute swim.

  38. INT. PETER'S NT HOME - 14:30

  39. Storeroom. Peter is searching.

  40. PETER (V.O.): Oh, I forgot I had used up all the cement last time. I want to refix the fallen tiles without delay.

  41. Thinking.

  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've just retuned from the mall. Should I drive there again? Or should I walk there? I haven't done that for decades.

  43. Peter sees six bicycles nearby.

  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): They haven't been used for over 10 years. The tires are all flat. And one can't stand by itself.

  45. Pausing.

  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Let me take the most problematic one to the repairer at the mall to fix it.

  47. EXT. LAKESIDE WALK - 15:30

  48. Allowing a green cycle to stand by itself, Peter takes a photo of it.

  49. PETER (V.O.): I'm going to ride it home - my first cycling since I turn 68. Cycling was my passion when I was around 8-year old.

  50. EXT. PETER'S NT HOME - 17:00

  51. Gate pillar. Fallen and broken tiles on the ground. Wet cement in a plastic bag.

  52. PETER (V.O.): My masonry craft isn't good. Let me treat the job as a performing art.

  53. Using his bare hands, Peter performs his art.

  54. Act 3

  55. INT. SITTING ROOM - 23:00

  56. PETER (V.O.): Today, I've done lots of things worth doing.

  57. Thinking.

  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Be productive, I can make my life fruitful.

  59. Pausing.

  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Meanwhile, I get dividends from my investment in time.

  61. THE END

  62. FADE OUT

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