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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Forever Young

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. EXT. STUDY - DAY


  4. Putting aside files, PETER is pondering.


  5. PETER (V.O.): Should I go back to my NT home today?


  6. Pausing.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But I've to appear in court tomorrow. I may lose my focus.


  8. Peter turns on an internet radio Apple-Fm and then the bluetooth speakers.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): What I shall be dealing is quite new. I should prepare better.


  10. We hear oldies.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'll go back day after tomorrow then.


  12. Act 2


  13. FLASHBACK


  14. EXT. ESTATE STREETS - AFTERNOON (DAYS AGO)


  15. Seeing a WOMAN (mid-30s) sitting on a bench waiting, Peter is stunned.


  16. PETER (V.O.): Oh, she looks like Sharon...


  17. Pausing.


  18. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Sharon was born on Dec 22, 1955. She thought Winter Solstices dwarfed her birthdays.


  19. Pausing.


  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When we married in 1979, we just held a barbecue party at my parents' home.


  21. Pausing.


  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): There, we lived in a small structure built by my younger brother and me.


  23. Cars drive by.


  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I spent all my salaries on cars. Sharon graduated from CUHK just a year earlier.


  25. Couples walk by.


  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As husband and wife, we're very happy together.


  27. Nice cars drive by.


  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In 1980, I bought my white 5-Speed Corolla 1.6 GT. Sharon bought her red Honda Prelude with an electric sun-roof.


  29. Pausing.


  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): After settling our hire-purchase instalments in 1982, we began to save.


  31. Recalling.


  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In 1983, when home prices were rock bottom, we settled the down payment of our NT home.


  33. Pausing.


  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As home prices didn't pick up that fast, we bought our Hong Kong home in 1985.


  35. Arriving at a block entrance.


  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): We bought our Kowloon home here in Summer 1991.


  37. Recalling.


  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Sharon was then working in the Music Office in Mongkok, and I was in Admiralty. Living in Kowloon was convenient to us.


  39. Recalling.


  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): We also liked to swim in the large estate swimming pool here. It's still looking good after 30 years.


  41. Recalling


  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But after Sharon's surgery in late May 1992, we wanted to be close to our 2-year old son. He was being taken good care by my parents.


  43. Recalling.


  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): So, we moved back to live with them in Tin Sum San Tsuen. The address there had just a name but no number, it was difficult to find.


  45. Recalling.


  46. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): As Sharon's friends would like to visit her on Sundays, we make our NT home the meeting place, bringing our kid along.

  47. Recalling.


  48. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): And it was nice to walk around the artificial lake there. It's still looking good after so many years.


  49. Recalling.


  50. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): In mid-August 1992, just upon the arrival of visiting relatives from LA, I got a call that Sharon should return to the hospital as soon as possible.


  51. Sighing.


  52. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): That was the last time she was home.


  53. RETURN TO PRESENT


  54. Act 3


  55. INT. STUDY - CONTINUOUS


  56. We hear instrumental music: Love is Blue. Looking at the stuff before him, Peter captures an image.


  57. PETER (V.O.): In Winter, 1987, I felt down, as I couldn't apply what I had learned to good use.


  58. Recalling.


  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Sharon gave me a cheque, asking me to buy the guitar gears that I liked.


  60. Recalling.


  61. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Among others, I bought a white electric bass. I'd play it and she'd play the electric piano to accompany me, in our cosy Hong Kong home.


  62. Pondering.


  63. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Today, Sharon is still 36, staying forever young.


  64. FADE OUT


  65. THE END




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