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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Kaji: Calculated Move


Act 1


INT. DINING ROOM - NIGHT


Sitting between the PACK LEADER and a GANG MEMBER at the dining table, KAJI focuses on the treats before her.


KAJI (V.O.): Before they say OK, they'd want me to do this and that to earn my treats.


Pausing.


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): Every move I make is calculated.


GANG MEMBER#1: Ching! Ching!


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): First command.


Kaji rears up my hind legs with my front paws down.


PACK LEADER: Kaji!


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): That isn't OK. Not sure if she's calling my name. I just repeat what they like - my calculated risk.


When Kaji rears up my hind legs with my front paws down again, the pack leader and the gang burst into laughter.


Act 2


INT. DINING ROOM - CONTINUOUS


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): They use sounds to communicate their cues. They like to speak and want me to listen.


Pausing.


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): On the other hand, I use my body postures and smells to communicate with my friends. I'm not strong in listening.


Pausing.


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): To calculate my moves, I use my nose to smell, my eyes to watch and my ears to interpret their cues.


Pausing.


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): I don't know how to analyse their sounds. When I get conflicting cues, I just do the postures they like to please them.


Pausing.


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): Their laughter evidence that my calculated move has exceeded their expectations.


INT. DINNING ROOM - DAY


Kaji is joining the Pack Leader and the Gang Members#1 & 2 for breakfast. Having let Kaji smell a treat, Gang Member#1 uses her hands to obscure Kaji's vision.


KAJI (V.O.): I can't see my treat! Where's it now?


Kaji struggles to see, but without success.


PETER: See if she can make use of her nose to make a calculated move.


Gang Member#1 then puts the treat near Kaji's nose.


KAJI (V.O.): Hmm, I can smell that my treat is nearby.


ACT 3


INT. DINING ROOM - CONTINUOUS


Using her long tongue, Kaji succeeds in grabbing the treat into her mouth.


PETER: Ha! She has succeeded.


Seeing Kaji smiling. PETER takes a close-up photo of her. Then, Gang Member#2 knocks at his side of the table.


KAJI (V.O.): Ah, that's another cue for a treat that I can eat.


Kaji jumps down from her seat to follow the treat.


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): But I've to jump up and sit close to that gang member before I can get it. Do I have sufficient room to make the move?


Having done her calculations, Kaji makes a move.


PETER: She has made it. Great jump! She deserves a good treat.


GANG MEMBER#2: OK!


FADE OUT.

THE END


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