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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Day By Day

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDY - DAY


  4. PETER is working behind the computer.


  5. PETER (V.O.): I've two domain name disputes to resolve. I had better do them little by little, day by day.


  6. Engaging intensely on the computer screen, Peter clicks and types time to time.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Okay, I've made a good start. Time to reward myself.


  8. EXT. ROADS - LATER


  9. Driving his signal-red coupe, Peter checks the temperature gauge at the dashboard.


  10. PETER (V.O.): Oh, the gauge needle posture doesn't look right. Is it working?


  11. Peter sees the needle rising - from very low to very high.

  12. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh it isn't normal! I smell "hot" too.


  13. Steering his coupe away from the main road, Peter parks it at a quiet roadside.


  14. Act 2


  15. EXT. ROADSIDE - CONTINUOUS


  16. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The car repair shop I frequent is just around the corner.


  17. Opening the car hood, Peter pours water into the windscreen reservoir.


  18. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That's what I have and what I can do.


  19. Peter checks Google Maps on his mobile.


  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Although it's just 5-minute walk away, driving there will take 8 minutes.


  21. Thinking.


  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The gasket of car's engine can't cope for that long.


  23. Having made a call, a van soon arrives. A MECHANIC carries a large water container.


  24. PETER: Thank you for coming to rescue.


  25. Opening the radiator cap, the Mechanic fills the radiator until the water overflows. Checking the ground under the car, Peter sees water dripping down from the engine.


  26. PETER: Okay, the pipes are leaking. I believe it's now OK to drive it to your shop.


  27. MECHANIC: Yes. No problem.


  28. FLASHBACK


  29. EXT. ROADSIDE - DAY (1976)


  30. Stopping a metallic-blue Ford Capri, Peter (22) opens the long hood.


  31. PETER (V.O.): My coupe is overheating. Has the water pump broken down? Or has the coolant hose clogged?


  32. As soon as Peter opens the radiator cap, vapour-like hot water spills out with pressure. Peter narrowly avoids them.

  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Wow! So dangerous.


  34. RETURN TO PRESENT


  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Since then, I haven't opened a radiator cap again.


  36. Pausing.


  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd):I also changed my practice. I bought brand new cars. But day by day, year by year, they all have become old ones.


  38. Pausing.

  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And my Nissan 200SX was manufactured in 1989. Fair, wear and tear is expected.


  40. EXT. ROADSIDE - LATER


  41. Having deposited his coupe with the PROPRIETOR, Peter leaves, picking up his beach bag.


  42. PETER (V.O.): Okay, this I believe is the least inconvenience I could get.


  43. INT. KITCHEN - LATER


  44. Peter is having some sushi.


  45. PETER (V.O.): I meant to have fish and chips at my favourite lakeside restaurant.


  46. INT. STUDY - LATER


  47. Peter goes behind the computer. .


  48. PETER (V.O.): As I'm home, I might as well carry on with my professional work.


  49. Peter works and works.


  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, the procedural history of the cases are so complicated. Let me take a break and go swimming in the pool downstairs.


  51. Act 3


  52. INT. STUDY - NIGHT


  53. Peter's watching TV, listening to oldies at the same time.


  54. PETER (V.O.): I won't get stressed over for what I can't control. I'm grateful for the little inconvenience. My change of plan is nothing.


  55. Pausing.


  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): We don't have any monthly or yearly contracts with Life.


  57. Reflecting.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): We live day by day. And that's how we continue to live our lives.


  59. Pausing.


  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If we're positive, every day can be our good and happy day. My today isn't bad.


  61. Peter takes a look of his computer.


  62. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Little by little, day by day, what I deserved will find its special way.


  63. FADE OUT.


  64. THE END


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