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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Another Lesson

Updated: Apr 26, 2021

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDY - MORNING


  4. PETER unzips his handbag.


  5. PETER (V.O.): Where's my Nissan car key?


  6. Peter searches all the other pockets.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've lost it? I'm not yet ready for another lesson!


  8. FLASHBACK


  9. INT. RESTAURANT - YESTERDAY AFTERNOON


  10. Unzipping the flapped outer pocket of his handbag, Peter sees his Nissan car key coming out.


  11. PETER (V.O.): There's no way I'll lose you. I've just done the replacement keys for the Mercedes.


  12. Taking out his set of keys with an Octopus card, Peter zips the pocket and pays at the cashier.


  13. RETURN TO PRESENT


  14. Act 2


  15. INT. STUDY - CONTINUOUS


  16. Peter looks perplexed.


  17. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When and where did I lose it?


  18. SEQUENCES - PETER'S RETRACING THE WHEREABOUTS OF HIS NISSAN CAR KEY


  19. A. At an open-air car park, Peter unzips his handbag to pick out the SMART car key.


  20. B. Having parked his SMART car by the roadside, Peter doesn't lock the car. He takes his handbag with him.


  21. C. Inside his NT home, Peter places his handbag on a sofa.


  22. D. Leaving home, Peter takes his handbag to his SMART car.


  23. E. Later, at a covered car park, Peter locks the SMART car and takes his handbag with him.


  24. F. Inside his urban home, Peter places his handbag on a sofa.


  25. G. This morning, Peter takes his handbag and shops in a nearby mall.


  26. H. Returning home later, Peter puts his handbag on the piano seat.


  27. END SEQUENCE


  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And then, I discover I've lost my Nissan car key.


  29. Pausing.


  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Could I have mislaid it inside the SMART car?


  31. INT. COVERED CAR PARK - LATER


  32. Using the phone torch, Peter searches his SMART car.


  33. PETER (V.O.): No, it isn't here.


  34. Thinking.


  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Could I have mislaid it inside my NT home? Or could I have lost it while getting my SMART car at the open-air car park?


  36. Pausing.


  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd) : But I can't go back to my NT home today as I've a date with my darling wife.


  38. Pausing.


  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If the Nissan key is inside my NT home, I should be able to locate it in the end.


  40. Pausing.


  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But I could have dropped it while picking my SMART car at the open-air car park so that I couldn't hear any dropping sound...


  42. Pausing.


  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I can ask the management to see if anyone has found it.


  44. Pausing.


  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I feel very bad that I've lost my equilibrium and pride again so quick!


  46. Peter takes a deep breath.


  47. Act 3


  48. INT. RESTAURANT - EVENING


  49. Peter is dining with his WIFE.


  50. WIFE: Here's a message from your younger daughter. She finds your Nissan key!


  51. PETER: Is that right? I've only told you that I lost the Nissan key.


  52. Peter looks relieved.

  53. .

  54. PETER (V.O.): I've been holding the Nissan keys since 1989 and I've never mislaid/lost one.


  55. INT. SITTING ROOM - LATER


  56. Returning, Peter wastes no time to talk to his daughter.


  57. PETER: I'm very curious to know where exactly have you found it?


  58. DAUGHTER: I was sitting on the piano seat. Then I heard something dropping on the floor. It's your car key.


  59. INT. STUDY - LATER


  60. Reflecting.


  61. PETER (V.O.): Dropping sound is point to multi-points, making anything easier to find. Seeing is point-to-point, making anything hard to find.


  62. Pausing.


  63. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Things can happen in unexpected ways. In this another lesson, I've learned too well. I'm determined not to lose my car keys again.


  64. FADE OUT.


  65. THE END



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