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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Hit A Certain Age

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. SITTING ROOM - MORNING


  4. PETER speaks to his WIFE.


  5. PETER: I'm concerned about you...


  6. WIFE: I hit a certain age...Go and do your work.


  7. PETER (V.O.): It's the first time she has spoken like that. She's much junior to me.


  8. Pausing.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Age was sensitive to me when I was retiring and when I became a senior citizen.


  10. Pausing.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Otherwise, I didn't think about age that much until yesterday when I had acute knee pain.


  12. Peter takes a look of the knee protectors that he's wearing.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm doing the C (compressing) of RICE (Resting, Icing, Compressing and Elevating).


  14. Act 2


  15. INT. OFFICE - LATE MORNING


  16. As Peter is reading piles of files, he overhears people chatting.


  17. SOMEONE (V.O.): I'm retiring. Tomorrow's my last work day.


  18. OTHERS (V.O.): Congratulations!


  19. PETER (V.O.): I retired over 6 years ago; and I'm still working.


  20. Pausing.


  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But I should add that once I hit a certain age, I've become unimpressed with many things eg power and glory.


  22. Pausing.


  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My sense of self is much stronger than before.


  24. Pausing.


  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm working now to prove that I still have some residual value, at my age.


  26. Recalling.


  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But what I love to do now is to make my hands dirty in renovating my NT home.


  28. Thinking.


  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I love the humble corners I've recreated, making good use of old stuff like a clock radio and a portable CD players with speakers.


  30. Pausing.


  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I was so pleased to find that they're still functioning after decades of non-use.


  32. Recalling.


  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Although my NT home is over 30 years old, its environment has been revitalized.


  34. Pausing.


  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The artificial lake is nice. I've never got tired of watching swans, whether black or white, loitering in their sanctuary.


  36. Pausing.


  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I love to have something in a lakeside restaurant too.


  38. Peter finishes skimming through the files.


  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I won't get any bonus for spending more time on them.


  40. Peter leaves.


  41. INT. MALL - NOON


  42. Walking past a Chinese noodles store, Peter backtracks.


  43. PETER (V.O.): I haven't had such noodles for decades. Let me try them again.


  44. Later, while consuming the noodles, Peter is in thoughts.


  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The eating reminds me of the reason why I haven't had it for a long time.


  46. Pausing.


  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It may not be good for my health. Hope that I won't get any food poisoning meanwhile.


  48. Pausing.

  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've an appeal to make tomorrow.


  50. Act 3


  51. INT. SWIMMING POOL - LATE AFTERNOON


  52. PETER (V.O.): I need to relax, having done a rough draft on the facts of a dispute concerning several domain names.


  53. Pausing.


  54. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I want to stop non-stop working. I don't want to live to work.


  55. Pausing.


  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): While I can't go back to change the past, I can restart from where I'm and change the ending.


  57. Pausing.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And no matter how busy I'm, I've got to support my dear wife. I've got a new plan.


  59. INT. SITTING ROOM - NIGHT


  60. Peter chats with his wife. The look pleased.


  61. FADE OUT.


  62. THE END


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