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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Numeric Blue

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1


  4. The TV is on. PETER is dining with his FAMILY.

  5. PETER: Have I heard it right? Someone died two days after receiving a COVID-19 jab?

  6. WIFE: Yes, you've heard it right.

  7. Peter continues to follow the TV news.

  8. PETER: No direct cause and effect between the jab and the death?

  9. Pausing.

  10. PETER (Cont'd): I don't think any approved COVID-19 vaccine for mass vaccination would directly cause death.

  11. Pausing

  12. PETER (Cont'd): The deceased was 63. I'm already 66 going on 67!

  13. PETER (V.O.): Numerically, am I good to die? But I'm still working hard, delivering whatever value with my residual capacity...

  14. Act 2


  16. Listening to the car radio, Peter drives his wife in a silver coupe.

  17. PETER: Oh, the deceased went to a hospital's emergency unit by himself, only to die 5 hours later.

  18. Playing Candy Crush Saga, Peter's wife doesn't respond.

  19. PETER (V.O.): If there was no casual relationship between the jab and the death, the deceased was destined to die at the age of 63.

  20. Peter pays the cross-harbour tunnel toll.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And if is the casual relationship, the jab was instrumental to his death despite his personal characteristics.

  22. They drive out of the tunnel.

  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The deceased was one of those in the first batches to get the vaccination.

  24. Through traffic along Island Eastern Corridor.

  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It is obvious that the deceased cared about his well-being and therefore he got the jab early.

  26. Pausing.

  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): How ironic!

  28. Arriving at the Department of Justice, his wife gets off.

  29. PETER: Bye!

  30. PETER (V.O.): Okay, I'll go to the car park of my former Island home to drive my SMART car. It's roadworthiness has to be tested before I can renew the vehicle licence.

  31. Thinking.

  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The Government will raise vehicle licence fees by 30% soon. But it says the move has nothing to do with revenue.

  33. Driving swiftly.

  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But why does the Government do it now if the Government reserve isn't depleting?

  35. Peter arrives in a residential estate.

  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Never mind, it has been one of my ways of giving back to society. I've been owing 6 cars since 2003.

  37. Peter arrives at an estate car park.


  39. Having started his SMART car, Peter looks pleased.

  40. PETER (V.O.): Manufactured in 2003, this SMART car is the youngest of my car family.

  41. Pausing.

  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But for its Numeric Blue panels, I wouldn't buy it.

  43. Staring at the dashboard, Peter checks the mileage.

  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Although it's 18-year old, it has clocked under 30,000 km so far.

  45. Pausing.

  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): During SARS in 2003, I didn't know if my family would have a 2004. When SARS largely came to an end, we had no hesitation to celebrate, including buying the SMART car.

  47. Pausing.

  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And the car has been carrying the registration number of my first car - 7896. Reading the numbers in Cantonese, they sound like: "must be rich enough".

  49. Thinking.

  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Having lived to over 66, I look forward to living to 78 or 89 or 96 or even beyond.

  51. Thinking.

  52. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But I mustn't do anything that might disrupt the natural process. I'm not keen to take any jab.

  53. Having parked his silver coupe, Peter drives away his numeric blue SMART car.

  54. Act 3


  56. Working on his laptop, Peter watches TV news from time to time.

  57. PETER (V.O.): Oh, Prince Philip has undergone a successful heart procedure. He's already 99 years old...

  58. Pausing.

  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For a year now, COVID-19 has been foreign to me. And even if I get infected, I might not die.

  60. Thinking.

  61. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But without the COVID-19 vaccination, I believe there's nowhere I can go except staying in Hong Kong...


  63. Peter is following TV news on vaccination.

  64. PETER (V.O.): Am I feeling numeric blue?

  65. FADE OUT.

  66. THE END

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