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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Substitute for Love

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDIO - 11:30


  4. Looking out of the window, PETER sees sunshine.


  5. PETER (V.O.): I should go out to enjoy the sunshine.


  6. Pausing.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I haven't swum in the sea for a fortnight.


  8. Recalling.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And I haven't returned to my NT home.


  10. Pausing.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My mind has been preoccupied with my memories of Nana.


  12. Peter takes the piano seat.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Whenever I think about Nana now, I'd play the piano.


  14. Act 2


  15. EXT. CAR PARK, GOLDEN BEACH - 13:00


  16. Having parked his coupe, Peter reads a phone message.


  17. PETER (V.O.): The funeral director advises that Nana may be cremated with a bunch of flowers, treats and a piece of clothing?


  18. EXT. BAY, GOLDEN BEACH - 13:15


  19. Peter enters the water.


  20. PETER (V.O.): The water is quite cold.


  21. Peter zips his wet suit.


  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I mustn't make me suffer from hypothermia.


  23. Swimming frog strokes.


  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I think it's very cold for Nana too.


  25. Swimming.


  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Flowers are irrelevant to Nana.


  27. Pausing.

  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Nana loved her regular food. It didn't occur to us that Nana should have treats.


  29. Pausing.


  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Nana was comfortable in her own shell. She didn't wear anything unnatural.


  31. Pausing.


  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Except the Vet's dressing after her prolapse.


  33. Swimming freestyle.


  34. INT. PETER'S NT HOME - 17:00


  35. Sitting room G/F. Lying down in a sofa, Peter grabs a stuff toy as pillow.


  36. PETER (V.O.): What's it?


  37. Checking it, Peter looks delighted.


  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, it's actually a turtle.


  39. Peter touches the stuff toy's soft shell tenderly.


  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's a perfect comforter for me!


  41. Pausing.


  42. PETER (V.O.): Can playing the piano and this comforter substitute the place of Nana?


  43. FLASHBACK


  44. INT. BATHROOM - DAY (MONTHS AGO)


  45. Nana and Tai Kou are in the bathtub. As soon as Peter uses his fingers as baits, Nana swims/crawls towards them, sticking out her neck and striving to bite.


  46. PETER (V.O.): She knows that I won't harm her.


  47. Peter lets Nana bite his thumb.


  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Although it's too big for her, she'd try.


  49. Peter then lets Nana bite his pinky.


  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's her way to communicate. I like to believe they're love bites.


  51. END FLASHBACK


  52. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): No, it isn't possible, never ever.


  53. Act 3


  54. INT. PETER'S NT HOME - CONTINUOUS


  55. Studio 1/F. Peter takes the piano seat.


  56. PETER (V.O.): Have I experienced telepathy?


  57. Playing.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Science only allows us to glimpse fragments of reality.


  59. Looking out of the window, Peter sees sunset.


  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Anyhow, if there's any substitute for love, it's memory. I remember Nana's last sunset.


  61. THE END


  62. FADE OUT



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