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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Rainbow Bridge

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. HOME - DAY


  4. Sunny. PETER is in thoughts.


  5. PETER (V.O.): If Nana was still around, I'd take her out to enjoy the sunshine.


  6. Checking phone messages, Peter sees a string of Merry Christmas greetings.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My family will attend Nana's funeral service at 3:30 pm today.


  8. Pausing.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Although we know Nana has deceased, we still long to see her again.


  10. Pausing.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But I won't spoil others' cherry-red mood during festive times.


  12. Copying the link of his video clip "Happy Holidays" from YouTube, Peter shares it with his contacts and chatgroups.


  13. Act 2


  14. EXT/INT. RAINBOW BRIDGE, NT - DAY


  15. A remote spot. Peter, his WIFE and their SON, arrive in a car.


  16. PETER (V.O.): So here's Rainbow Bridge - pet cremation service.


  17. Peter's wife has white chrysanthemums in her hands.


  18. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): White chrysanthemums are tokens of grief, bereavement and comfort.


  19. Recalling.


  20. 'PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've just discovered that white chrysanthemums have green centers. Colour green is consistent with Nana's.


  21. Pausing.


  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Green is also the prime colour of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.


  23. Later, STAFF#1 leads the party to a room. And they see Nana resting in a basket.


  24. PETER & WIFE: The difference is that Nana has closed her eyes.


  25. STAFF#1 then shows a video clip, featuring Nana. But the party can't wait to touch Nana.


  26. PETER (V.O.): But Nana doesn't respond to stimuli anymore.


  27. Later, STAFF#2 takes Nana and leads the party to a cremation chamber.


  28. STAFF#2: Do any of you want to push the button?


  29. Peter's son volunteers. Under instruction, he pushes the button.


  30. STAFF#2: The incineration process will take about 45 minutes.


  31. PETER & WIFE: We'll wait to take Nana's ash home.

  32. Returning to an office with urns and other accessories on display, STAFF#1 approaches the party.


  33. STAFF#1: For urns, we've colours white, pink and blue.


  34. PETER (to Son): You choose.


  35. SON: Blue.


  36. PETER (V.O.): We all feel blue.


  37. STAFF#1: And the urn image?


  38. Peter's wife shows a screen image of Nana to Peter.


  39. WIFE: Is this the one?


  40. PETER: Yes.

  41. PETER (V.O.): I took the image on the last morning of Nana's life.


  42. STAFF#1: And the caption?


  43. PETER: Dearest Nana...


  44. PETER (Cont'd): Our Dearest Nana.


  45. All nod.


  46. PETER (V.O.): She's really our dearest Nana.


  47. Later, we see Staff#1 putting Nana's ash inside a blue urn with the caption "Our Dearest Nana".


  48. EXT. ROADS - EVENING


  49. Sitting in the middle row of the car, Peter tries to put the round urn into a square cup holder.


  50. PETER (V.O.): I prefer it to fit, but it doesn't.


  51. Act 3


  52. EXT. PROMENADE - NIGHT


  53. Walking KAJI with his wife, Peter observes the night life by the sea.


  54. PETER (V.O.): While the night may be more alive than the day, it isn't more richly coloured than the day, as one can't see rainbows at night.


  55. Thinking.


  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And people's souls would have no rainbows if their eyes have no tears.


  57. Pausing.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Quite a silent night for us as we're going over the rainbow bridge. All is calm though.


  59. THE END


  60. FADE OUT




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