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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Kaji: A Hot Dog

FADE IN.


Act 1


INT. SITTING ROOM - DAY


KAJI is relaxing on a sofa, as PETER appears.


PETER: "Kai, Kai?"


KAJI looks perplexed.


KAJI (V.O.): Going out so early? The pack leader doesn't have her breakfast yet...


The pack leader appears, helping Kaji to put on her harness.


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): If you want to go out, I don't mind giving you all company.


Pausing.


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): I understand them. And they always put me first.


Peter goes out with car keys in his hands.


ACT 2


EXT. ROADS - DAY


Kaji sits with the pack leader in the passenger seat. Peter drives.


PETER: Lower a bit of the window for her. She likes to sniff new smells.


Kaji isn't anxious to make a move.


KAJI (V.O.): The air outside is hot. I prefer the cold air blowing right in front of me.


EXT. PROMENADE, SAI KUNG - DAY


Sunny and colourful.


KAJI (V.O.): I don't need the sun to brighten my life.


Kaji's legs feel the ground.


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): Quite hot. I need to run.


Kaiji leads the pack leader and Peter, as she explores new spots and mingles with OTHERS.


EXT. RESTAURANT - DAY


Kaji, the pack leader and Peter settle down at a table.


KAJI (V.O.): I see. The pack leader and Peter want to have their tea here. I don't want to eat outside though.


Food is put on the table. Kaji isn't interested.


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's hot sitting in the open. They're sweating. I'm panting too.


Panting.


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): Passers-by, particular the girls, wear very little. But I'm still wearing my fur.


Panting.


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): And my shape is like the dachshund breed or sausage dog.


Pausing.


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): I believe humans like to eat "hot dogs".


The pack leader passes some water to Kaji to drink.


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's really hot here. And I need to keep cool.


Peter pays the bill.


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): Good, my ordeal is over. I didn't choose to come. Let's go.


Kaji leads the pack leader and Peter back to their car. Peter immediately turns on the air-conditioning.


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): They do put me first. We shouldn't come here again in the afternoon. It isn't my cup of tea.


Kaji slows down her panting.


Act 3


EXT. PET GARDEN - DAY


Getting out of the car, Kaji is leading the pack leader and Peter.


KAJI (V.O.): They also understand me and love me unconditionally.


Kaji wastes no time to obey the calls of nature at her favourite grass spots.


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): What a relief.


Both the pack leader and Peter look relieved too.


A FRIEND is getting excited with Kaji, but is prevented by his CARER (20s) from engaging her.


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): I know why: I'm such a hot dog!


They leave the garden, leaving the poor friend disappointed.

FADE OUT.

THE END



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