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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Too Preoccupied

Updated: Feb 6, 2021

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDY - NIGHT


  4. Placing a blue iPhone near a bottle of soft drink, PETER takes a photo of them with another iPhone.


  5. PETER (V.O.): Yes, there's a correlation.


  6. FLASHBACK


  7. INT. MALL#1 - AFTERNOON (LAST FRIDAY)


  8. Holding an iPad Mini in a phone repair stall, Peter is talking to a REPAIRER.


  9. PETER: So, apart from replacing the home key, I need to replace the screen as well.


  10. REPAIRER: Yes, otherwise, it won't be usable. I'll charge you a total sum of $750.


  11. Nodding, Peter leaves his iPad Mini with the repairer.


  12. PETER (V.O.): I don't know the repair cost could be that reasonable. When my old iPad Mini began out of order in March, 2019, I quickly bought a new one.


  13. Act 2


  14. INT. MALL#1 - AFTERNOON (LAST FRIDAY) (CONTINUOUS)


  15. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): And then I thought I had used the old one to capture lots of precious moments from late Oct 2014...


  16. Thinking.


  17. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I'm just nostalgic about everything.


  18. INT. MALL#1 - AFTERNOON (LAST SATURDAY)


  19. Having paid the repairer, Peter gets back his iPad Mini.


  20. PETER (V.O.): I'm so glad the it has got another life. I'll use my two iPad Minis equally.


  21. INT. MALL#2 - EVENING (LAST MONDAY)


  22. Inside a phone store, Peter is testing a new iPhone. Then, a SALESMAN presents Peter with a bottle of soft drink.


  23. PETER (V.O.): I didn't expect buying a new iPhone would get such an extra.


  24. Grabbing the drink with one hand, Peter leaves the store.


  25. SALESMAN: Check that your new iPhone is with you!


  26. Nodding, Peter checks his pockets.


  27. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): It'd be a joke if I'd just take home the drink but lose my new phone right away!


  28. EXT. SEASIDE PARK - MORNING (TODAY)


  29. Blue sky and sea. Peter takes photos with one phone, and then with another phone.


  30. PETER (V.O.): I want to compare their picture qualities. Furthermore, I want to use my two iPhones evenly.


  31. Peter notices something.


  32. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Oh the old one's battery is getting low so quickly. Yes, it's 2 1/2 years old already.


  33. Pausing.


  34. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Let me optimize its residual value before replacing the battery.


  35. INT. STUDY - AFTERNOON (TODAY)


  36. Picking up his old iPad Mini, Peter checks something.


  37. PETER (V.O.): Oh, after resetting, I haven't added back my mail accounts. Let me do it now.


  38. INT. INTERVIEW ROOM - LATE AFTERNOON (TODAY)


  39. Speaking to a MAN via an INTERPETER, Peter uses his new iPhone to check the diary.


  40. PETER: You've to file the papers on or before next Thursday, because the Chinese New Year holidays will begin from next Friday...


  41. EXT. ROADS - LATE AFTERNOON (TODAY)


  42. Seeing reflective facades of buildings, Peter reaches for his pocket to take out an old iPhone to take a photo. When he reaches his pocket again, he looks shocked.


  43. PETER (V.O.): Oh! Where's my new iPhone?


  44. After checking all of his suit pockets and his brief case, Peter heads back to a skyscraper.


  45. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): After the interview, I've gone to the toilet. I didn't leave anything solid there...


  46. Thinking.


  47. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I must have dropped it inside the Interview Room... Now is nearly 5.00pm.


  48. Thinking.


  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I don't quite know the exact location of the Interview Room as I was led there. Let me find the anchor first.


  50. INT. OFFICE RECEPTION - LATER (TODAY)


  51. After finishing her phone conversations, the ANCHOR comes to Peter.


  52. PETER: I believe I've left my phone inside the Interview Room. Could you please lead me there?


  53. Anchor: I didn't notice anything left on the table.


  54. They walk to the Interview Room.


  55. Act 3


  56. INT. INTERVIEW ROOM - LATER (Today)


  57. A clean table. They focus on the floor. There, Peter sees his new iPhone on the carpeted floor.


  58. ANCHOR: It's really there.


  59. PETER: Yes, thank you so much!


  60. ANCHOR: Yes, it's Friday late afternoon!


  61. RETURN TO PRESENT


  62. PETER (V.O.): I'm so glad that I didn't lose it or have to wait till Monday morning to get it back.


  63. Pausing.


  64. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I'm just too preoccupied.


  65. FADE OUT.


  66. THE END


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