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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Building Blocks

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. BEDROOM - 09:15


  4. Waking up, PETER checks the time.


  5. PETER (V.O.): Have I sped up my jet lag recovery?


  6. Pausing.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Returning home, I've tried to forget the UK time zone and go to sleep soon after midnight.

  8. Pausing.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Night 1 was reasonably good, night 2 wasn't, and last night was wonderful.


  10. Reflecting.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My trip to England was eventful, even before getting off the plane.


  12. Act 2


  13. FLASHBACK


  14. INT. AIRCRAFT CABIN, HONG KONG - LONDON - NIGHT (4 Nov, 2022)


  15. Dark cabin. While picking up his eyeglasses, Peter notices something.


  16. PETER (V.O): Oh, a plastic support to one temple has gone! I might have torn it off when taking off my headset.


  17. Using his smart phone torch, Peter searches his seat and the floor.


  18. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): No, I can't see it... I've been to the toilet...


  19. As Peter searches the corridors, a WOMAN sitting behind Peter's seat notices that.


  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Not a trace of it. It was still intact when I left home.


  21. FLASHBACK UPON FLASHBACK


  22. INT. HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - NIGHT (Earlier)


  23. Security checkpoint. Peter inserts his identity card into a machine but there's no response. Peter takes off his eyeglasses.


  24. PETER (V.O.): Would it help the facial recognition system?

  25. END FLASHBACK UPON FLASHBACK


  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It was done in a rush. If the plastic support had come loose there, there's no way I can find it inside the cabin.


  27. Pausing.


  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): What remains is only the emotional solution...


  29. Later, PASSENGERS sitting in Peter's vicinity begin to disembark.


  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I must seize the last opportunity to search again.


  31. Peter's search catches the attention of a cabin SUPERVISOR.


  32. SUPERVISOR: Sir, have you lost something?


  33. Peter shows the supervisor his eyeglasses.


  34. PETER: I'm looking for the missing dark blue plastic support, like the one that is attached to one of the temples.


  35. Immediately, the supervisor directs a cabin CREW nearby to detach Peter's seat.


  36. PETER: Oh, the seat can be detached like that!


  37. We, and the woman, see Peter focusing on the armrest cavity.


  38. PETER (Joyfully): Oh, it's hiding here! I've found it!


  39. WOMAN (Happily): Really!


  40. Grabbing the dark blue plastic support with his fingers, Peter shows it to the woman, the crew and the supervisor.


  41. PETER: Thank you all!


  42. SUPERVISOR: It's something we should do.


  43. WOMAN: It's destined that you shouldn't disembark the plane without it!


  44. All smile. Peter checks the name badges of the supervisor and the crew.


  45. PETER (V.O.): Before recovering the missing part, I've tried to address my emotions by believing that I lost it even before embarking the plane.


  46. Reflecting.


  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): How wrong I was!


  48. RETURN TO PRESENT


  49. Act 3


  50. INT. BEDROOM - 23:30


  51. Peter takes off his eyeglasses.


  52. PETER (V.O.): At London Heathrow's Arrival Hall, I filed a compliment to the CX customer relations, thanking Mabel and Christine again.


  53. Pausing.


  54. PETER (V.O.): I know the significance of small actions - the quiet wins one gets and aggregates each day.


  55. Pausing.


  56. 'PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): They're the building blocks of the architecture of life, career or business.


  57. Pausing.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I always believe a series of small actions executed relentlessly should manifest their unlimited potential.


  59. Checking the time, Peter goes to bed.


  60. THE END


  61. FADE OUT





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