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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

How Would I Know?

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1


  4. PETER looks restless.

  5. PETER (V.O.): I believe I've already done all my professional tasks today.

  6. Pausing.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Although there's a possibility that something might crop up, should I wait to handle the possible contingencies?

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My plan is to return to my NT home this afternoon. I mean to drive my Eunos 30X there and take my Nissan S13 back to town.

  10. Pausing.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've reckoned recently that the problems of my cars are all because I seldom drive them.

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I know I won't be happy if I delay my activities for no particular reason.

  14. Picking up car keys, Peter exits.

  15. Act 2


  17. Windows lowered and sunroof opened, Peter is driving his 25-year old silver Eunos 30X in estate roads. He sees a passer-by turning her head to look at his car.

  18. PETER (V.O.): When the car was new, a female colleague remarked that the shape of my coupe looked like a bullet.

  19. Pausing.

  20. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): It was a great complement. If she didn't tell me, I would never know.

  21. Wondering.

  22. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Could that passer-by be thinking something similar?

  23. Pausing.

  24. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): How would I know?

  25. Peter turns into a main road, then onto highways. He sees some cars being stopped and booked by traffic Police.

  26. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I drive discreetly and very carefully these days. In the past months, I've prosecuted hundreds of traffic-related summons.

  27. Arriving his NT home, Peter parks his 30X outside it.


  29. Directing a remote-control key at a dust-covered red S13, Peter finds there's no response.

  30. PETER (V.O.): The battery can't store electricity for a fortnight. I anticipate that and have a car jump starter with me.

  31. Having popped up the hood, Peter connects his jump starter cables with the battery terminals. We see the starter flashes a small green light.

  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I can revive my S13 in seconds.

  33. Getting back inside his S13, Peter starts the car without any problem.

  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's good to go. Let me check a few things at home first.


  36. As he's checking things on the G/F, Peter sees a red S13 model.

  37. PETER (V.O.): Yes, I bought it in Wanchai's Toy Street over 10 years ago. I didn't know how long I could keep my S13.

  38. Recalling.

  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Keeping my S13 has been expensive. Years ago, it was hard to find a willing insurer.

  40. Recalling.

  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): S13 then seemed to be a liability for car insurers.

  42. Recalling.

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Having found one, I was charged handsomely for the insurance policy.

  44. Pausing.

  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In fact, I've never made any insurance claim.

  46. Recalling.

  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And then, when the car was 25-year old, its clutch worn out. It took months for the repairer to locate a spare part all over the world.

  48. Pausing.

  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Quite a moving vintage item now.

  50. Act 3


  52. Having parked his S13 in a parking lot, a MAN (30s) walking past speaks to Peter.

  53. MAN: You've kept your S13 so well. It's still so beautiful. I can see the wheels and everything are original.

  54. Peter (Smiling wild): Yes, it was born in 1989. I bought it 31 years ago!

  55. MAN: You've kept it for over 30 years?

  56. Peter nods.

  57. MAN (Cont'd): I've noticed that you used to park it in another parking lot...You've quite a number of cars!

  58. PETER: Thank you very much for your appreciation!

  59. They part.


  61. Peter runs towards a park.

  62. PETER (V.O.): I don't know someone has been keeping track of my darlings. If I didn't make the trip to change my cars and he didn't bumped into me, I would never know!

  63. Smiling.

  64. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): It's really good to know what I don't know.


  66. PETER (V.O.): Today's fortuitous encounters have made me my day. I made the right decision to make a move.

  67. Peter is ecstatic.

  68. FADE OUT.

  69. THE END

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