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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

A Stroke of Luck

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. BEDROOM - 20:15


  4. Clamping a digital thermometer with his left armpit, PETER checks the time.


  5. PETER (V.O.): I've to wait for 3 minutes to get the accurate measurement.


  6. Pausing.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Under the e-COVID-19 Medical Surveillance System, inbound persons have to do that, among other things, for 7 days.

  8. Pausing.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): We returned to Hong Kong yesterday - that's Day 0; today's Day 1.


  10. Pausing.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): This morning, I reported my negative RAT result to the authority digitally.


  12. Pausing.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): So far, I don't have any cough, running nose, sore throat, shortness of breath, diarrhoea, vomiting, abdominal pain, headache, myalgia or lost of taste/smell.


  14. Act 2


  15. FLASHBACK


  16. INT. SITTING ROOM - NIGHT (June 2022)


  17. Working on a laptop, Peter's WIFE checks the phone calendar.


  18. WIFE: Our younger daughter's graduation ceremony will be held on Nov 7, 2022.


  19. Peter checks his phone calendar.


  20. PETER: Upon our return, we'll have to stay in a quarantine hotel for 7 days.


  21. WIFE: Yes, I've identified a suitable one. Our younger daughter still has an off size art work in England.


  22. PETER: So, the trip isn't just about the congregation.


  23. WIFE: Taking the opportunity, we should tour England again. We haven't travelled together for over 2 years now.


  24. PETER: Yes! Let's do that before and after the ceremony.


  25. WIFE: As usual, we'll hire a car, right?


  26. PETER: Yes, the bigger the better. Last time, we hired an estate and the space was barely enough.


  27. WIFE: It isn't easy to find one though.


  28. Peter's wife continues to surf the web.


  29. INT. FOYER, COUNCIL CHAMBERS, HKUST - DAY (Oct, 2022)


  30. Peter talks to a COLLEAGUE.


  31. PETER: Hong Kong's pandemic control has relaxed somewhat. Have you travelled recently?


  32. COLLEAGUE: Yes, I've been to Mainland China.


  33. PETER: That's pretty safe.


  34. COLLEAGUE: Yes.


  35. PETER: I'm going to England in a fortnight.


  36. COLLEAGUE: All the persons I know of got COVID, upon their return from UK.


  37. PETER: I go to witness my younger daughter's graduation ceremony. I've prepared for the worst - even if I may die!


  38. COLLEAGUE: If I were you, I'd go too.


  39. MONTAGE OF PETER'S TRAVEL TO HONG KONG'S OUTLYING ISLANDS


  40. A End Oct, 2022. Peter is visiting Tong Fuk Beach & Upper Cheung Sha Beach.


  41. B. End Oct, 2022. Peter is visiting Lamma Island, Cheung Chau & Peng Chau.


  42. END MONTAGE


  43. EXT. ROADS TO HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - NIGHT (Nov 3, 2022)


  44. Sitting in the front passenger seat of a taxi with his wife and their younger DAUGHTER in the back row, Peter is in thoughts.


  45. PETER (V.O.): Hong Kong is my home. And now, I'm also familiar with Hong Kong's outlying islands. I've my roots here.


  46. EXT. ROADS FROM HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - NIGHT (Nov 13, 2022)


  47. Sitting in the front passenger seat of the same taxi with his wife and daughter in the back row, Peter observes the DRIVER's swift response to a challenge by a high-speeding van.


  48. PETER: Wow, that's a near miss!


  49. DRIVER: I saw from the rear mirror that the van was racing from behind...


  50. PETER: Do you experience such an incident on a daily basis?


  51. DRIVER: No! If it's like that, I'd have quit my job!


  52. END FLASHBACK


  53. Act 3


  54. INT. BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS


  55. Taking out the digital thermometer from his armpit, Peter reads the measurement and records it in a Form.


  56. PETER (V.O.): Luck is believing one's lucky.


  57. We see the Form caption: Health Monitoring Checklist for Inbound Persons.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For our Nov, 2022 trip to England, I feel so lucky with many good things that happened to us, despite they're beyond our control.


  59. .Tapping the LeaveHomeSafe App, Peter checks his "Amber" Code.


  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm convinced that getting what I want is a stroke of luck.


  61. THE END

  62. .

  63. FADE OUT













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