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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Human's Day

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. BEDROOM - 08:00

  4. Peter wakes up.

  5. PETER (V.O.): Today is the 7th day of the Chinese New Year, or Human's Day.

  6. Pausing.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In Chinese mythology, human beings were created on the 7th day after the creation of the world.

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I feel like buying a bunch of flowers for my wife.

  10. Pausing.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For the past two evenings, our evening delights were to have FaceTime with our children overseas.

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): To sustain the life force, we discharged our due roles 20 years ago.

  14. Act 2

  15. INT. STUDY - 10:30

  16. On his smartphone screen, Peter sees in Quora an answer request: Would you have a baby in 2022, or is the world too unstable?

  17. PETER (V.O.): My wife wouldn't allow that!

  18. Pausing.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When our children were conceived, we didn't care if the world would be stable or not.

  20. Pausing.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): What is constant is change.

  22. Pausing.

  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Giving our children life opportunities, they might be able to play a role to help.

  24. Recalling.

  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When our elder daughter was at kindergarten, she was the only pupil who opted not to join any graduation performance.

  26. Pausing.

  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Now, she's working in Japan and is learning her third foreign language.

  28. Recalling.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The younger son was excellent in Arts, but he chose to study Science.

  30. Smiling.

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yesterday night, I sought his views on an acute medical condition.

  32. Having typed his reply, Peter notices many Human's Day e-greetings.

  33. 'PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I recall I wrote a song on Human's Day years ago.

  34. Surfing YouTube, Peter finds his music-video and watches it.

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Done in Feb 2017, it still sounds and looks good to me.

  36. Pausing.

  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I put in a lot of labour, skill and judgment into it.

  38. Pausing.

  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It captured the mood when I didn't know if I'd work in retirement or not.

  40. Thinking.

  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I shouldn't waste it. Let me leverage it as the featured music-video in my screenplay today.

  42. INT. DINING ROOM - 15:30

  43. Peter's eating, as his WIFE watches with cut flowers in a vase near her.

  44. WIFE: You've been working till now?

  45. PETER: Some pandemic issues impact on my court case tomorrow. I've just helped resolve them.

  46. INT. STUDY - 15:45

  47. Working on files, Peter takes a phone call and then engages in a couple of others.

  48. PETER (V.O.): A friend has asked me, via my connections, to find a post-natal care centre vacancy.

  49. Pausing.

  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I can understand how important it is.

  51. Peter checks his smartphone screen from time to time.

  52. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My contact who is always prompt hasn't reply yet.

  53. Pausing.

  54. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Vacancies in any unique post-natal care center are scarce in 2022.

  55. Act 3

  56. INT. BEDROOM - 22:30

  57. Peter is about to go to bed.

  58. PETER (V.O.): I've done quite a lot today, including preparing for my court appearances.

  59. Pausing.

  60. .

  61. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Humans are capable of doing extraordinary things.

  62. Pausing.

  63. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): No masterpiece can be created without the sweat of the brow.

  64. Peter sleeps.

  65. FADE OUT

  66. THE END

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