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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Kaji: Like Perfume

FADE IN.


Act 1


INT. SITTING ROOM - DAY


Door-bell ringing. KAJI checks the front door.


KAJI (V.O.): Who is it?


As the MAID opens the door, Kaji sees a POSTMAN delivering a big carton box.


KAJI (V.O.) (COTINOUS): What's that? Who is it for?


Kaji guards it.


INT. SITTING ROOM - NIGHT


The PACK LEADER and GANG MEMBER#1 are opening the box. KAJI checks the contents as PETER and GANG MEMBERS#2 & #3 watch.


PETER: Wow, so much X'mas gifts for our pet! Our lovely daughter living in Japan must be missing our pet very much.

KAJI (V.O.): Among other packaged items, I see something inside a translucent plastic bag. What's that?


Act 2


INT. SITTING ROOM - CONTINUOUS


PACK LEADER: Oh, that's our lovely daughter's Tee-shirt. She said she had worn it for a fortnight. She wanted to make our pet's memories of her come alive.


As the Pack Leader opens the bag, Kaji responds strongly to the Tee-shirt.


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): I can't wait to smell it.


Thinking.


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): The scent seems so very familiar.


Kaji puts her nose inside the bag to sniff.


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yes, I recall it's the scent of a gang member who loves me dearly.


Kaji sniffs the Tee-shirt repeatedly.


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yes, it's hers. I can tell her scent difference from those of the Pack Leader, Peter, other Gang Members, and my friends.


Kaji continues to sniff the Tee-shirt deeply.


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yes, it's so fragrant, lingering in me like perfume.


Thinking.


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's unforgettable. But, where's she?


Pausing.


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): I don't see her round!


Thinking.


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): In fact, I haven't seen her for ages!


Reflecting.


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): What's happening?


Withdrawing from the bag, Kaji hides under a table.


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): Why I can't see her?


Kaji is still staring at the Tee-shirt.


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): I recall she gave me many treats and toys.


Pausing.


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): She seems so near and yet so far...


Kaji looks very disturbed.


Act 3


INT. SITTING ROOM - CONTINOUS


Seeing Kaji's reaction, ALL smile. Then, the Pack Leader tries to fetch Kaji.


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): Why don't you leave me alone?


Coming out from the table, Kaji is uncomposed.


PACK LEADER: I want you to wear her Tee-shirt.


We see Kaji's wearing a Tee-shirt on her fur.


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): I feel we're one now.


Pausing.


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): Although it's weird, I love it.


As the Pack Leader and Gang Member#1 then unpack other items, Peter sends his snapshots via the phone and checks messages.


PETER: Our lovely daughter directs that we should give our pet some treats.


KAJI (V.O.) (Cont'd): Treats! I've got the message!


As Kaji is being rewarded, all smile again.


FADE OUT.

THE END


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