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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Seaview Promenade

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDY - 08:45


  4. PETER is putting his swimming gear into a black carrier bag.


  5. PETER (V.O.): I've thought about a number of things to do today.


  6. FLASHBACK


  7. INT. STUDY - DAY (YESTERDAY)


  8. Smart phone in hand, Peter reads messages of a chat group.


  9. PETER (V.O.): A chamber mate reminds colleagues to buy MARK 6 as there's a 80 million jackpot.


  10. Reading.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If he wins, he says he'll retire.


  12. RETURN TO PRESENT


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): People long for retirement. What should I do, working in retirement?


  14. Act 2


  15. EXT. QUEEN'S ROAD CENTRAL - 9:50


  16. Wearing a hat, a T-shirt, shorts and flip flops and carrying two bags, Peter sees a COUNSEL in a black suit walking toward him


  17. PETER (V.O.): He must be going back to his chambers. We've had several encounters before.


  18. Pausing.


  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But I'm in a beachgoer outfit on a work day in Central. He wouldn't know I've just taken my wife's car lift.


  20. They avoid eye contacts as they walk past each other.


  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I don't want to embarrass him that he knows somebody like me.


  22. Peter walks towards a bus stop.


  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I've professional work to do, I dress like him too.


  24. Peter boards a Route#6X bus.


  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I can handle the arrangements of my professional work via the smart phone.


  26. EXT. DEEP WATER BAY - 10:45


  27. Climbing up the empty floating platform on the left, Peter lies flat on it.


  28. PETER (V.O.): First time in Deep Water Bay this year! It's easy to come here by public transport.


  29. Peter covers his face with his hands.


  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I drive, I like to go to Shek O Beach or Big Wave Beach.


  31. Taking a look of the floating platform in the middle, Peter sees over half a dozen old MEN on it, chatting loudly.


  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Here's the old men's paradise.


  33. Later, when Peter swims along the orange buoy boomline, a white-haired SWIMMER bumps into him.


  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I only expect this to happen in swimming pools.


  35. Later, climbing up the floating platform on the left, Peter sees a young MAN cuddling a young WOMAN. The man returns a gaze at Peter.


  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'd better swim back to the beach now.


  37. EXT. SEAVIEW PROMENADE - 10:50


  38. Wearing a hat, a face mask, a swimming brief and flip flogs and carrying his black bags, Peter is strolling in deep thoughts.


  39. FLASHBACK


  40. INT. HOME - NIGHT (SPRING, 1992)


  41. SHARON (36) is talking to Peter (37).


  42. SHARON: Today, my colleagues and I had a walk from Deep Water Bay to Repulse Bay.


  43. Peter looks surprised.


  44. SHARON (Cont'd): There's a seaview promenade linking the two bays. I think you'd like to know.


  45. END FLASHBACK


  46. PETER (V.O.): It's only now I'm here. I can imagine how Sharon and her colleagues enjoyed the walk.


  47. Pausing.


  48. PPETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I was waiting for the right time for the right reasons.


  49. Reflecting.


  50. 'PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I was quite wrong, actually.


  51. .Act 3


  52. INT. STUDY - 20:00


  53. Peter is checking images on his smart phone.


  54. PETER (V.O.): I know the things that I've always wanted to do. I don't need a bucket list.


  55. Peter stares at the one depicting the "Seaview Promenade".


  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm glad that I've done the walk, checking off an item of great importance.


  57. Checking his Hong Kong Jockey Club account on screen, Peter looks indifferent to the Mark 6 drawing result.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'll choose to do more right things timely.


  59. THE END

  60. .

  61. FADE OUT

















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