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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

How Would I Know?

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDY - AFTERNOON


  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


  16. EXT. ROADS - HIGHWAYS - LATER


  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.


  28. EXT. CAR PARK - LATE AFTERNOON


  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.


  35. INT. NT HOME - NIGHT


  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


  51. INT. CAR PARK - NIGHT


  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.


  60. EXT. ESTATE ROAD - LATER


  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.


  65. INT. STUDY - NIGHT


  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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