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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Numeric Blue

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. DINING ROOM - NIGHT


  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


  15. EXT. ROADS - LATER


  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.


  38. INT. CAR PARK - LATER


  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


  55. INT. STUDY - LATER


  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...


  62. INT. DINING ROOM - NIGHT


  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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