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A Hectic Day


FADE IN:

INT. ROAD - DAY

Coming out from a car park, PETER hesitates.

PETER (V.O.)

Should I go swimming or

leave it till evening? I

I could miss a few business

if I go now.

Peter walks towards residential blocks.

INT. COURT OFFICE - DAY

Peter chats with a GENTLEMAN#1 (50s).

OFFICER

Could you take up a morning

assignment tomorrow?

PETER (V.O.)

Well, I've another assignment

in the afternoon. And busy

doesn't mean better.

PETER

I need to leave at 1.00 am.

Do you really need my help?

Gentleman#1 nods.

PETER

Okay, I'll do it!

PETER (V.O.)

The can-do mindset in me

works again.

INT. STUDY - NIGHT

Peter studies a file and makes a call.

PETER (V.O.)

I've to wait for a return

call. I won't be able to

go swimming tonight.

Peter sighs.

A beat.

Peter looks at the papers and files around him.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

It's good that I stayed home

to get myself better.

prepared.

INT. COURT OFFICE - DAY.

An ASSISTANT (20s) passes to Peter piles of papers to sign off.

PETER (V.O.)

Not only that I've done

my job and learned

something in the special

scenarios, I also feel better

equipped for my April

assignment.

INT. COURT CORRIDOR - DAY

Coming out from a court room carrying box-brief cases, Peter chats with GENTLEMAN#2.

PETER

Back to work, right? I didn't

eat much before the hearing.

I want to maintain my sharp

focus in my work...

They leave the court house together.

EXT. MTR - DAY

Packed. Peter holds on to his box-brief case.

PETER (V.O.)

What a hectic day! I took

on the challenge and did

my jobs reasonably well.

FLASHBACK

INT. EXAM HALL#1 - AM (1980)

An examination question sheet on Epistemolgy, Peter (26) in casual outfit writes tirelessly in an answer book.

INT. EXAM HALL#2 - PM (1980)

Peter in the same outfit underlines a case name Hedley Byren v Heller in an answer book.

END FLASHBACK

PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd)

That was hell, mentally

speaking. I sat a Philosophy

paper in the morning and

then a Law paper in the

afternoon. For the first

time, I felt my mind struggling

from the abstract to the

concrete.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

Today is really nothing when

compared to that. Prosecutions

in the morning and civil

litigation in the afternoon are

legal practice nonetheless.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

I still have the urge to learn

and the capacity to earn.

I can now even imagine

how life was like if I began

private practice in the 1980s.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

Now, I deserve a good

break.

EXT. ROAD - DAY

In a very casual outfit, Peter jogs to a car repair shop. We see a cyber-green Beetle adjacent to it.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

Okay, my car is ready for

my collection. I don't care

how much they charge me.

INT. SWIMMING POOL - NIGHT

Few souls. Peter swims in a circular lane.

PETER (V.O.)

More and more, I find my

private practice high in

stress but light in substance.

We hear announcement; ...closing in five minutes..." Having done a few butterfly strokes, Peter gets out of the water.

FADE OUT. The End

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