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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Clay Pot Rice


  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDY - MORNING


  4. PETER is unpacking a parcel.


  5. PETER (V.O.): I received this from the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration.


  6. Having seen two publications and a note, Peter takes a photo of them.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The sender must be interested to know if they're in my hands.


  8. Pausing.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): From the terrace of my NT home, I can see the Shenzhen's skyscrapers. But since late 2019, I haven't gone to the Mainland.


  10. Pausing.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The pandemic distances societies but makes family members closer.


  12. On WeChat, Peter sends the photo and types a message.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Let me go and buy takeaway lunchboxes for me and my younger son.


  14. Act 2


  15. INT. MALL - LATER


  16. At a fast food restaurant, Peter is checking the menu on display.


  17. PETER (V.O.): Oh, all the clay pot rice sets are sold out. What time is it?


  18. Peter checks its phone clock.


  19. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): It's just 1:15pm.


  20. Peter goes a floor up to another fast food restaurant.


  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Ok, there's no paradox of choices - just one clay pot rice choice is available.


  22. Peter does his orders at the Cashier.


  23. PETER (to CASHIER): Two clay pot rice to takeaway, with the pots.


  24. CASHIER: $110 please.


  25. Peter taps the Octopus device with his mini-green card.


  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Something is obviously missing to have clay pot rice in a foam box.


  27. At the takeaway section, Peter is presented with two nicely-folded carton boxes.


  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): These parcels are literally warm.


  29. Having taken a photo of his takeaways, Peter leaves the restaurant happily.


  30. INT. DINING ROOM - LATER


  31. As Peter puts food on the table, Peter's younger SON unpacks it. Kaji, the family pet, is already sitting in a chair and wants to sniff it. SON deters her swiftly.


  32. SON: Oh no! The clay pot may burn your nose!


  33. As Peter is enjoying lunch with his son, he discovers something from his phone.


  34. PETER: An important mail has gone to my mail junk box...What date is today?


  35. SON: 12th.


  36. PETER: Good. I've a Zoom meeting at 2.30pm today.


  37. Pausing.


  38. PETER (V.O.): Originally, I planned to find a repair stall to fix some electronics after lunch. That can wait.


  39. Pausing.


  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If I didn't go back to my NT home yesterday and left it till today, I might have missed the Zoom meeting or would feel bad that I couldn't go.


  41. Pausing.


  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yes, act timely relentlessly.


  43. INT. DINING ROOM - NIGHT


  44. As Peter enters, his WIFE is about to leave.


  45. PETER: Where are you going?


  46. WIFE: My Mom is now in the A&E.


  47. PETER: What's wrong?


  48. WIFE: Might be a mild stroke.


  49. PETER: Let me drive you there.


  50. EXT. ROADS - NIGHT


  51. Driving his wife, Peter follows the hospital sign.


  52. PETER: At the A&E, you can see your Mom, right?


  53. WIFE: The arrangement is one for one. Only one person can accompany the patient.


  54. Pausing.

  55. WIFE: It appears that no visit is permitted in the ward.


  56. His wife gets off at the A&E of a hospital.


  57. Act 3


  58. INT. DINING ROOM - NIGHT


  59. Peter is talking to his SON while having hot pot alone.


  60. PETER: Do you think grandma is okay?


  61. SON: She can still talk...


  62. INT. STUDY - NIGHT


  63. Music in the background.


  64. PETER (V.O.): Since last January, seeing each other or having a meal together can be difficult.


  65. Pausing.


  66. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But this is life. If we want rainbow, we've to put up with the rain.


  67. FADE OUT.


  68. THE END


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