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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Someday, Some Day

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. SITTING ROOM - MORNING


  4. PETER is in thoughts.


  5. PETER (V.O.): Today, I'm driving my wife to work. I may go swimming first before working in the afternoon.


  6. EXT. ROADS, HONG KONG ISLAND - LATER


  7. Raining hard. Peter is at the driver seat.


  8. PETER (V.O.): Well, I'll swim after work then.


  9. EXT. GOLDEN BEACH, NT - AFTERNOON


  10. Restaurant. In a suit, Peter appears.


  11. PETER (V.O.): This time I come here for lunch.


  12. Squally thunderstorms. Under a restaurant umbrella, Peter sits in an open-air area.


  13. Act 2


  14. FLASHBACK


  15. EXT. CASTLE PEAK HOTEL - DAY (1969-1974)


  16. Peter (15) is waiting tables at an open-air restaurant area facing the sea.


  17. PETER (V.O.): I just hope that someday I could become a regular customer of this Hotel.


  18. END FLASHBACK


  19. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): That was my plan. But the Hotel closed down in 1974 to make way for property development.


  20. Pausing.


  21. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I work until the last day of the Hotel's existence.


  22. Peter checks the environment.


  23. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Here's like an imperfect substitute. And someday is today.


  24. A WAITER takes Peter's order.


  25. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): My service was even better than his.


  26. INT. CASTLE PEAK IMMIGRATION CENTER - AFTERNOON


  27. Secured interview room. Peter is interviewing his CLIENT with the assistance of a LIAISON OFFICER and an INTERPRETOR.

  28. LIAISON OFFICER:...Mr Cheung...Mr Cheung...


  29. PETER (V.O.): I've asked people who work with me to call me Peter, but they insist to call me Mr Cheung - their way of respecting professionals.


  30. EXT. CAFETERIA BEACH - LATER


  31. Using an umbrella to shelter his belongings from the rain, Peter goes swimming.


  32. PETER (V.O.): Having done all my short-term professional assignments, I can relax.

  33. .

  34. Recalling.

  35. PETER (V.O.): This stretch of the beach was the very place I came to dig clams before my teens. That was over 55 years ago.


  36. EXT. LAKESIDE MALL - LATE AFTERNOON


  37. Peter is shopping some household items.


  38. PETER (V.O.): After work, I reward myself by buying something. This has become my habit. And I've been buying a lot.


  39. INT. PETER'S NT HOME - LATER


  40. Having dumped some torn ice-lolly wrapping paper inside a largely empty garbage bag, Peter is in thoughts.


  41. PETER (V.O.): Decluttering has become more difficult than before. My choices have become very limited.


  42. Pausing.


  43. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): For the next week or so, I can procrastinate.


  44. Peter checks some publications casually.


  45. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Oh, they were relatively new when first stored here. I thought I might need them some day.


  46. Peter takes a look of the stuff around him.

  47. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Still a lot to declutter. But I don't like to throw my love away.


  48. We hear music and lyrics: Don't Throw Your Love Away. No, no, no, no. Don't throw your love away, for you might need it some day...


  49. Act 3


  50. INT. SITTING ROOM - NIGHT


  51. Peter is checking emails.


  52. PETER (V.O.): OMG, I haven't got domain name dispute assignments for quite a while. Now, I've just got two appointment notices.


  53. Peter types his responses.


  54. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The secretariat work very hard, making enquiries on Friday night.


  55. Pausing.


  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It seems that they know when I'm available. I like settling such disputes as everything is done online.


  57. Pausing.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Some day, such disputes can largely be settled by AI.


  59. Pausing.


  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Some day when I can't drive, I might use a robo-car.

  61. FADE OUT.


  62. THE END



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