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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Now Is the Present

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDY - 12:30


  4. Looking out of the window, PETER sees a cloudy sky.


  5. PETER (V.O.): Today doesn't seem to be a good day to go to the beach.


  6. Pausing.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Should I wait for a better day? But I've to work tomorrow...


  8. Pausing.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And there's no guarantee of better days ahead.


  10. Pausing.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Isn't the best preparation for the future is to live as if there's none?


  12. Packing his swimming gear, Peter exits.


  13. Act 2


  14. EXT. SILVERSTRAND BEACH - 13:30


  15. Arriving near a lifeguard tower, Peter sees flags flying - a red one and a red-yellow one.


  16. PETER (V.O.): I don't quite know what they signify.


  17. Suspecting.


  18. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Has the red flag been hoisted? But the lifeguard is still in the tower.


  19. Wearing a swimming brief and a pair of goggles, Peter focuses on the beach water.


  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I didn't bring my wet suit and safety buoy. I don't think I need them.

  21. Peter takes a deep breath.


  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Wanting to swim now, I've cognitive bias.


  23. Quicky, Peter swims towards one of the floating platforms in the swimming area.


  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Stay focus with what's in front of me, I can cope with any hazards.


  25. Soon, Peter grabs a ladder bar and climbs up onto an empty floating platform.


  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Here I'm, my sweet spot in Silverstrand.


  27. Lying flat on the rocking-and-rolling swim platform, Peter looks up at the sky.


  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Today, I don't need to put on sunblock. The ambience now is quite different.


  29. We hear the songs of the wind and of the sea.


  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Now is the moment, and I'll never have the same moment twice.


  31. Pausing.


  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Setting myself free here, I've a spontaneous transcendental feel.


  33. Pausing.


  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But if the rocking and rolling here become more exciting, I'll retreat to the shore without delay.


  35. Pausing.


  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In any event, I shouldn't expose myself in the cold for too long for fear of suffering from hypothermia.


  37. Pausing.


  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I worry about these as I know I've only one life to live.


  39. We hear some indistinct sounds in a distance.


  40. SOMEONE (O.S): Hello, hello, hello...


  41. Tracing the source of the calling, Peter sees SWIMMER#1 emerging from the water near the outer safety buoy line about 30 meter away.


  42. PETER (V.O.): Has he got a problem? Is he calling me for help?


  43. PETER: Are you calling...


  44. Peter then sees SWIMMER#2 emerging from the water, joining Swimmer#1.


  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): A false alarm.


  46. And we hear Swimmers#1 & 2 chatting: You say you're 75-year old...


  47. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): They're old but strong. And they won't miss any moment.


  48. Leaving the floating platform, Peter swims back to the shore.


  49. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Breathe, now is the moment I know for sure.


  50. When Peter is having a bath, we hear a public announcement: The red flag has been hoisted...


  51. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): If I heard that earlier, I might have second thoughts...But now for me, the wind and current have done and gone.


  52. Act 3


  53. INT. STUDY - 23:00


  54. Peter is in thoughts.


  55. PETER (V.O.): Living life, there's no rehearsal.


  56. Pausing.


  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Life is a sequence of never-again moments, I treasure each one of them.


  58. Pausing.


  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I strive to live the moments authentically as the future is uncertain.


  60. Peter checks his profile on his smart phone screen. We see: Treat the present as a present.


  61. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. Now is the present.


  62. THE END


  63. FADE OUT










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