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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

The Doubles

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1


  4. Background music. Peter is in bed, wearing an eye mask.

  5. PETER (V.O.): So, I've turned 66. When I turned 65, I wrote a song to celebrate myself to become a senior citizen. Fate has allowed me to add another year to my life.

  6. Pausing.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): So, today, May 15, 2020 is another new day.

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I shouldn't go to bed after midnight. But my daily routines are packed. There's so much I want to do each day.

  10. Peter sleeps.

  11. Act 2

  12. EXT. ROAD - DAY

  13. Passing place. Peter is waiting at the driver seat of a cyber-green New Beetle.

  14. PETER (V.O.): When I first retired, I thought I could at least be my wife's chauffeur. And I've done more than that.

  15. Checking his phone, Peter sees Facebook notifications.

  16. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Wow, so many happy birthday wishes. They make my day.

  17. Pausing.

  18. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The groundwork of all happiness is health. I exercise regularly and have recently overdone it, having back pain for days.

  19. Pausing.

  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For the past few days when I took MTR, I wouldn't mind taking a priority seat. I observed that some people taking priority seats weren't the elderly.

  21. Peter checks new notifications from Quora.

  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Many Quorans pose questions to me. I answer most of them, hoping that as a wise old man, I might open their empty minds.

  23. Pausing.

  24. After his WIFE has got inside the car, Peter drives off.

  25. INT. STUDY - DAY

  26. Relaxing on a sofa, Peter ponders.

  27. PETER (V.O.): I'm now 66. What was I when I turned 11? Pythagoras thought 11 is the number of a cycle of new beginnings.

  28. Pausing.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It was 1965. I was in P.5. I liked to sing the song: The Wedding. I collected bus tickets with lucky numbers eg 1122.

  30. Pausing.

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Is 22 the most powerful number of all numbers? As with all building, patience and hard work is required. What was I at 22?

  32. Recalling.

  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It was 1976. I had worked for two years as a Housing Assistant. I was about to take GCE exam in English. My relationship with my future wife Sharon became steady.

  34. Pausing.

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Is 33 with the most amount of influential power?

  36. Recalling.

  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It was 1987. I had been married for 8 years and had been a Crown Counsel for a year. In May, I was finalizing my second LLM study at University College London on UK Foreign Office scholarship.

  38. Pausing.

  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Did I focus on my tasks at 44?

  40. Recalling.

  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It was 1998. My wife Sharon had died for 6 years. Our son was 8-year old. I remarried and our elder daughter was 2-year old. In Geneva conferences, I quitted my seat with the UK delegation in 1997 and began to sit in the China delegation.

  42. Pausing.

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Did I further evolve myself at 55?

  44. Pausing.

  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It was 2009. I was still the Deputy Director of Intellectual Property. Our younger son was 11-year old and our younger daughter 9-year old.

  46. Pausing.

  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): How about now at 66? Am I serving and loving unconditionally? I believe so.

  48. Pausing.

  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The world is undergoing a pandemic. The percentage of my age group dying because of the coronavirus is 25%.

  50. Pausing.

  51. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Will I have other doubles - 77, 88 or even 99?

  52. Peter looks blank.

  53. Act 3

  54. INT. STUDY - DAY

  55. Working behind his computer, Peter adds a Google photo to the text that he is typing.

  56. PETER (V.O.): Yes, these photos depict what the mood 6 years ago. After a farewell party, fun begain in the streets of Central.

  57. Pausing.

  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Six years ago, I began adapting to the change. Initially, it was hard, particularly when I didn't have my own websites and couldn't do much online publishing.

  59. Pausing.

  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Gradually, I've developed my emotional resilience. I'm forever curious about matters and my creativity hits my soul too.


  62. Background music. Peter goes to bed, picking up an eye mask.

  63. PETER (V.O.): Having had a beginning 66 years ago, I haven't wasted my time.

  64. Pausing.

  65. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My life goes on and I'm still enjoying every moment of it.

  66. FADE OUT.

  67. THE END

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