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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

A New-Old Day

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. SLEEPING ROOM - MORNING


  4. Waking up, PETER checks the time. It's 8:40am.


  5. PETER (V.O): I slept only half the time yesterday,


  6. Recalling.


  7. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): After hearing the news the night before yesterday that swimming pools would be closed again from today, I became restless. It's happened before.


  8. FLASHBACK


  9. INT. SLEEPING ROOM - THE NIGHT BEFORE YESTERDAY


  10. Lying in bed, Peter rolls from one side to the other.


  11. PETER (V.O.): The pandemic restriction is going to frustrate my daily routine. There's no evidence that swimming pools are the sources of COVID-19 infections.


  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O,) (Cont'd): Tomorrow is the last day I can go swimming for a while. What other things should I do timely?


  14. Act 2


  15. INT. SLEEPING ROOM - STUDY - KITCHEN - CONTINOUS


  16. Recalling.


  17. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I've an invoice unsettled. I'd better prepare a cheque and get it done tomorrow.


  18. Getting out of bed, Peter goes to the study to prepare the cheque.

  19. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I've to collect a brief in chambers. And I want to participate in a lunch-time webinar tomorrow.


  20. After signing the cheque, Peter sits on a sofa thinking.


  21. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Would the latest restrictions delay the handing down of decisions concerning my clients?


  22. Getting inside the kitchen, Peter get's a bottle milk from the fridge.


  23. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): It was good that I had three cars tested for their roadworthiness. But I'll have to make appointments to renew their licences. Should I fill up the tanks meanwhile?


  24. Peter drinks some milk.


  25. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Ok, I'll go swimming in the late afternoon tomorrow.


  26. Peter returns to the sleeping room.


  27. Beat.


  28. Peter wakes up at 6.20 am.


  29. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I don't have to go to court this morning...


  30. In bed, Peter rolls from side to side.


  31. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I feel like as if I've just one more day to live. What a rehearsal!


  32. MONTAGE OF PETER'S ACTIVITIES YESTERDAY


  33. A. In the morning, Peter drives his wife to the office in a Mercedes.


  34. B. Having changed to a SMART car, Peter drives it to Esso to fill up the tank.


  35. C. Driving the Mercedes again, Peter drives it to a Caltex petrol filling station.


  36. D. In the afternoon, Peter is being received at a counter of the Hong Kong Bar Association.


  37. E. In his chambers, Peter collects some documents.


  38. END MONTAGE


  39. EXT. STREET - LATE AFTERNOON


  40. Peter walks towards an estate.


  41. PETER (V.O.): After changing clothes at home, I'll go swimming as planned.


  42. Sensing his mobile ringing, Peter takes the call.


  43. SOMEONE (from phone): Peter?


  44. PETER (To phone): Yes?


  45. SOMEONE (from phone): ...I want to deliver a hamper to you this evening...


  46. PETER (To phone): Ok, I'll wait for you then.


  47. Pausing.


  48. PETER (V.O.): The pandemic restrictions will revive tomorrow. Today is the date when everybody tries to get things done.


  49. INT. PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL - EVENING


  50. Entrance. Peter asks a STAFF.


  51. PETER: Will the swimming pool open tomorrow?


  52. STAFF: No. Wait for at least a fortnight.


  53. PETER (V.O.): I'd be surprised if it reopens in a fortnight.


  54. Pool. Peter rests near the pool wall.


  55. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Although I'm pretty tired, I still want to do a few butterfly strokes in this session.


  56. Peter swims 50 meters of butterfly style before leaving the pool.


  57. RETURN TO PRESENT


  58. Act 3


  59. INT. DINING ROOM - LATER


  60. Peter is having breakfast with KAJI, the family pet.


  61. PETER (V.O.): While work from home allows my wife to sleep a little longer, I can't defer our breakfast.


  62. Pausing.


  63. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Today is ordinarily old, and yet new through the revival of enhanced pandemic restrictions. Or, today is new social-domestically in the same old pandemic-wave context.


  64. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): It's a new-old day.


  65. Peter's SON joins the party by playing the piano.


  66. FADE OUT.


  67. THE END


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