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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Every Flower Blooms

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDY - 12:00

  4. Having screen time, PETER reads an answer request.

  5. PETER (V.O.): What comes to mind first when you hear or read "what was once imagined is now reality"? That's the question.

  6. Pausing.

  7. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Ageing. That's how I feel.

  8. Inserting an image focusing on MTR priority seats, Peter types on the smartphone.

  9. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): The number of people older than me never increases and is constantly decreasing.

  10. Pausing.

  11. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Many are dying during the pandemic times.

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): My limiting belief is that I don't know if I'd live the next moment.

  14. Act 2

  15. EXT. HIGHWAY - 13:30

  16. Sunny. Peter is driving a silver coupe, listening to the radio.

  17. PETER (V.O.): My upper arm pain after my 3rd jab has almost gone.

  18. Pausing.

  19. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Decluttering my NT home is a never-ending job.

  20. Pausing.

  21. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): And I don't want my cars sitting idle for too long. Left unused cars have lots of problems.


  23. Peter is watching the swans in the water.

  24. PETER (V.O.): It's quite warm today. I should have gone swimming.

  25. Pausing.

  26. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): No. I'm not supposed to do any sports soon after taking the jab.

  27. Recalling.

  28. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I didn't know about that after taking my 1st jab last June. I went to Golden Beach and swam 1000 meters.

  29. Pausing.

  30. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Those who cared about me weren't happy when they knew about that later.

  31. Pausing.

  32. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Oh, yes, the beaches and swimming pools are still closing.

  33. Peter watches the pigeons sunbathing on the grass.

  34. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): So, I run instead, hoping to add moments in my life.

  35. Peter watches rows of flowers in flower beds.

  36. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): It was only after my formal retirement that I enjoy seeing them at any moment.

  37. Peter captures some images.

  38. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Every flower blooms at its own pace from within.

  39. Peter touches his belly.

  40. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I won't eat in my favourite lakeside restaurant either. It's safer to buy takeaway and eat at home these days.

  41. EXT. PARK LANE - 18:00

  42. Peter connects the red and black jump leads to the batteries of a silver coupe and a red coupe.

  43. PETER (V.O.): When I left the red coupe on the last occasion, I didn't lock it and didn't close the door properly. The battery went flat because of the automatic lighting.

  44. As Peter starts the red coupe, we hear engine cranking sounds.

  45. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I'm used to doing that. But it's still a hassle.

  46. Peter rearranges the parking order of his cars.

  47. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): As my red coupe doesn't have automatic gears, I've to release the clutch at the right pace so that the car won't go off.

  48. EXT. HIGHWAY - 18:30

  49. Peter is driving his red coupe without turning on the sound system.

  50. PETER (V.O.): My manual car goes faster than automatic ones. The car battery should be recharged faster too.

  51. Peter sees the Nipple Mountain in the evening twilight.

  52. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Beautiful, like the twilight of my life.

  53. Act 3

  54. INT. STUDY - 22:30

  55. Peter touches his left arm pit.

  56. PETER (V.O.): It's painful there. Anyhow, life is inherently risky.

  57. Pausing.

  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): A flower bud may remain tight and can't be forced open.

  59. Pausing.

  60. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Meanwhile, I'll be gentle with the process where I become the person I should be.

  61. FADE OUT

  62. THE END

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