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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

"Flying Bird"

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDY - 11:30


  4. Following an online workshop on iPad, PETER checks FB and sees something good.


  5. PETER (V.O.): Great! My friend is now with Alfa Romeo, Hong Kong.


  6. Recalling.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I watched a documentary about how Alfa Romeos are manufactured these days.


  8. Pausing.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): From 1976 - 1980, I had a Ford Capri. I loved its sexy look.


  10. Pausing.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But I envied colleagues driving powerful Alfa Romeos.


  12. Thinking.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Would I buy an Alfa Romeo?


  14. Act 2


  15. FLASHBACK


  16. EXT. CASTLE PEAK ROAD - 12:30 (Day before yesterday)


  17. With windows all open, Peter stops his red S13 in the slow lane before a red traffic light.


  18. PETER (V.O.): I'm about to arrive Golden Beach.


  19. SOMEONE: Is your car the "flying bird"?


  20. Tracing the sound source, Peter sees DRIVER#1 in a silver car in the fast lane speaking to him.


  21. PETER: Yes! 33 years old! Bought first hand.


  22. Peter looks very proud.


  23. DRIVER#1: Is it so fast that even brakes can't stop it?


  24. PETER: No, driving too fast, any car can be out of control!


  25. They signal goodbye to each other as the traffic light turns green.


  26. PETER (V.O.): This is the first time I've such a conversation on the road.


  27. INT. GOLDEN BEACH CAR PARK - 12:35.


  28. Having parked his S13, Peter takes a photo of it.


  29. PETER (V.O.): I'm still loving it.


  30. Walking towards the beach, Peter turns his head to look at his S13 again. We see SOMEONE studying Peter's coupe.

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My S13 is still eye-catching.


  32. END FLASHBACK UPON FLASHBACK


  33. EXT. PARKING BAY - DAY (March, 2023)


  34. As Peter is tuning the car radio inside his stationary S13, we see his coupe moving a little.


  35. PETER (V.O.): A parking car has bumped into mine.


  36. Getting out to check his S13, Peter also speaks to DRIVER#2.


  37. PETER: Your car has hit my car. You drove carelessly.


  38. DRIVER#2: Is that so? I didn't hear any warning sounds from my car...


  39. PETER (V.O.): He's making all the excuses.


  40. DRIVER#2: I'll check my car's warning system. I can compensate you for any damage caused to your car.


  41. PETER (V.O.): The problem is that, there aren't spare parts.


  42. PETER: My car is quite unique.


  43. DRIVER#2: I know. It was my dream car...


  44. PETER (V.O.): As he appreciates S13, I'll just take a token compensation to forbear the little dent he caused to the bumper.


  45. END FLASHBACK UPON FLASHBACK


  46. INT. RESTAURANT, HKUST (GZ) - 18:30 (Yesterday)


  47. Having dinner, Peter's COLLEAGUES are chatting about electric car brands.


  48. PETER: I like Xpeng. It's X2 "flying car" has become the first manned electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle (eVTOL) officially licensed to fly in mainland China.


  49. All are pondering.


  50. PETER (V.O.): What would the skies be like in due course?


  51. RETURN TO PRESENT

  52. Act 3


  53. INT. STUDY - CONTINUOUS


  54. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I loved Capri so much that I'd go to visit the Isle of Capri.


  55. Pausing.


  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I loved Shakespeare's play "Romeo & Juliet". I once imagined myself as Romeo...and love gave me wings!


  57. Thinking.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Do I like to have an eVTOL ? If it's safe and reliable for navigating the GBA skies, why not?


  59. FADE OUT


  60. THE END















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