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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Happiness At Home

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. CARPARK - DAY


  4. A masked PETER sees his WIFE boarding a cyber-green beetle.


  5. PETER (V.O.): How happy I was to be at home with my wife for the past couple of weeks!


  6. MONTAGE


  7. A. INT. SLEEPING ROOM - DAY. Waking up, Peter looks at his wife who is still fast asleep.


  8. B. INT. STUDY - DAY. Peter types on his computer.


  9. C. INT. RESTAURANT - DAY. A table for two: Peter and his wife.


  10. D. INT. SITTING ROOM - DAY. Peter's wife types on her computer as Peter sits close to her.


  11. E. INT. DINING ROOM - NIGHT. Peter and his wife dine opposite to each other, chaired by KAJI, their pet.


  12. F. INT. SITTING ROOM/SLEEPING ROOM - NIGHT. Peter's wife relaxes on a sofa watching TV, while Peter is listening to music in bed.


  13. END MONTAGE


  14. As Peter's wife drives off the parking lot, Peter exits the basement car park.


  15. Act 2


  16. FLASHBACK


  17. INT. SLEEPING ROOM - DAY


  18. Peter reclines against the bed back as we hear door knocking and phone alarms. Peter's wife wakes up and gets out of bed.


  19. PETER: Come back early today.


  20. WIFE: I've told the maid that we'll have dinner sometime after nine.


  21. Peter looks disappointed.


  22. WIFE: There're just too many things that I've to catch up.


  23. Peter nods.


  24. INT. SITTING ROOM - DAY


  25. Peter is making a call. We hear from Peter's phone a recorded response: The swimming pool is closed from Jan 29 until further notice.


  26. PETER (V.O.): I haven't swum since the Chinese New Year...


  27. INT. BATHROOM - DAY


  28. Watching two tortoises crawling here and there, Peter touches their heads lightly at times.


  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I believe they recognize me, like my touching and so they wouldn't retract their heads.


  30. FLASHBACK UPON FLASHBACK


  31. INT. DINING ROOM - DAY


  32. Peter and his wife chat as they have breakfast.


  33. PETER: Have you seen my sister's photos taken with artic lights in the background?


  34. His wife nods.


  35. PETER (Cont'd): When shall we go?


  36. WIFE (dismissively): After my retirement.


  37. PETER: When will you retire?


  38. WIFE: My plan is to retire in 2023.


  39. PETER: Any thought to return to private practice after that?


  40. WIFE (seriously): No way! I am not a workaholic like you!


  41. Reflecting.


  42. PETER (V.O.): I retired over five years ago. I have worked regularly from 15. I'm still doing this and that...


  43. WIFE (Cont'd): There're many other things that I would feel happy to do after retirement - photography, ikebana etc.


  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The happy thing I happened to do after retirement is my monthly travel. But now, because of the coronavirus scare, I might not be able to sustain that!


  45. Peter takes a deep breath.


  46. END FLASHBACK UPON FLASHBACK


  47. Peter leaves to join his wife to go out.


  48. END FLASHBACK


  49. Act 3


  50. EXT. ROADSIDE - DAY


  51. Waiting, Peter stretches his hands and legs. Then, he sees an approaching cyber-green beetle with a waving hand out of the driver 's window. He waves back before seeing his wife driving past him.


  52. PETER (V.O.): Happiness is a direction.


  53. Reflecting.


  54. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I shouldn't expect too much happiness though. Such thinking should make me happier.


  55. Reflecting.


  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Happiness is in us. Let me continue to clear up the mess in my study so that I'd have better space to do whatever I feel happy to do, at home!


  57. FADE OUT.


  58. THE END.


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