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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Inherent Ability

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDY - 15:30


  4. MONTAGE OF PETER REPAIRING BROKEN SOLES


  5. A. Peter wipes off the sand from a pair of sandals.


  6. B. Using instant glue, Peter applies drops on the surface of the loosened outsoles.


  7. C Peter presses the outsoles to the sandals for a few seconds and checks if they're attached.


  8. END MONTAGE


  9. PETER (V.O.): I tried this pair of unused old sandals the other day and found there's nothing wrong with them.


  10. Pausing.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I wore the sandals today but their outsoles came lose, possibly due to the sand or summer heat.


  12. Checking the sandals.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): They can't fix themselves.


  14. Act 2


  15. FLASHBACK


  16. EXT. REPULSE BAY - 11:00 (Today)


  17. Grabbing a floating platform's ladder, Peter climbs up.


  18. PETER: Ooops!


  19. On the floating platform, Peter checks his left foot.


  20. PETER (V.O.): My big toe has rubbed a sharp surface of a submerged rung.


  21. Pausing.


  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I feel the pain. I hope the skin hasn't torn.


  23. Soon, Peter sees a scrape breeding.


  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I hope the scrape isn't deep and the breeding will soon stop.


  25. Peter takes a look of other floating platforms.


  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My practice has been to visit all of them before swimming back to the beach.


  27. Peter's open scrape is still breeding.


  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I think I've to abort my plan this time.


  29. Thinking.


  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'd wait here until the breeding stops.


  31. Thinking.

  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But when I introduce the open scrape to the seawater later, will it breed again?


  33. Peter checks his scrape.


  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Anyhow, let my body take the time to heal.


  35. Lying flat, Peter puts his hands to cover his face from the bright sunshine.


  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The body's natural physiological processes and self-healing mechanisms are wonderful.


  37. Pausing.


  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Sunshine may have a drying effect on the blood clot.


  39. Later, we see Peter leaving the floating platform and swimming back to the beach.


  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm swimming gently. I try not to disturb the scrape.


  41. Swimming.


  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Fortunately, the water is clear and clean.


  43. Reaching the beach, Peter checks his big toe scrape which is half hidden in the sand.


  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I take it that it hasn't bred again.


  45. When Peter puts on his sandals, he can't walk properly.


  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): What's wrong?


  47. Seeing the outsoles of his sandals have come loose, Peter drags himself towards a convenience store and comes out later with a new pair of sandals.


  48. RETURN TO PRESENT


  49. Having sterilized a towel, Peter sweeps the sand on the floor with it barefooted.


  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Ooops! I feel pain in my scrape again!


  51. Act 3


  52. INT. STUDY - 20:00


  53. Tapping an AI drawing App in his smartphone, Peter inputs the prompt: A man staring at his big toe with a breeding scrape.


  54. PETER (V.O.): At first glance, things appear messy and unconnected.


  55. As a cubist image appears on screen, Peter looks pleased with the representation.


  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Humans have the inherent ability to find the hidden order in chaos.


  57. Checking the cubist image again.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The concept of order can be explored from multiple view points.


  59. FADE OUT


  60. THE END
































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