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Share Hong Kong's Burdens


FADE IN.

INT. SWIMMING POOL - DAY

Relaxing in a beach seat, PETER in swimming wear is glued to his phone screen.

PETER (V.O.)

The Quora questioner

requested me to answer

this question on Aug 15.

What is the question?

We see on the phone screen: What can those who don't live in Hong Kong do to help?

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

Is the questioner trying

to increase or lessen

Hong Kong's burden?

Peter spots something.

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

There is an answer to a

similar question. She's

Anita Cheung... Studied

at Chinese University of

Hong Kong... Lives in

Hong Kong...1998-present

...Knows Cantonese.

Peter examines her profile photo.

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

That's Anita Mui's. She

died when her admirer

was just five years old.

Let me see her answer.

Peter checks.

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

She replies to the question:

"What can an American do

to support Hong Kong

protesters?"

Peter reads on.

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

She asked the questioner

to donate money or supplies

to the front-line protesters.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O) (Cont'd)

Seems that front-protesters

have perks.

Pausing.

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

It's crunch time for people

of Hong Kong to share

Hong Kong's burdens by

telling right from wrong,

good from bad. No one

should sit on the fence

anymore.

Ding! A notification. Peter sees a photo of a standing gentleman holding a placard in public.

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

Ha! Chong is taking action

with style, as always!

What is his message?

Peter pinches and spreads the photo. We see: One Minute of Mourning for the People and Police who will soon be KILLED. STOP NOW.

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

He is a real social worker!

EXT. WANCHAI MTR STATION - DAY

Outside an exit, Peter sees the SOCIAL WORKER standing on a small collapsible stool, holding the placard. He takes photos of the scene from different perspectives.

.

PETER (V.O.)

He is a real Hong Kong

lover - a role model.

EXT. MTR CABIN - NIGHT

Peter types on his phone screen. We see:-

Hong Kong circumstances

Offensive weapons. Protesters have deployed petrol bombs and the like against the Hong Kong Police.

Bodily harm. Life-threatening scenes are not uncommon and soon there will be casualties.

Criminal damage. Public and private property have been vandalized all the time.

Criminal acts. Unlawful assemblies, riots and other public wrongs are criminal acts.

Gaming fun. Some protesters admitted that gaming for real was more fun than in virtual reality.

What outsiders can do eg online:

Hate violence - to persuade those supporting violence to hate it.

Live life - to remind game players that one can only live once for real.

Be smart - to ask protesters to help build Hong Kong as a Smart City and not to destroy it at will.

Love order - to suggest to protesters that without stability and prosperity, ideals are empty.

Play safe - to influence game players to play safe in their homes and not to venture in the streets.

Having inserted a feature photo, Peter taps: Submit.

INT. STUDY - NIGHT

The wall clock displays 10.05 pm.

Peter hears distant shouts from a woman and a man: Liberate Hong Kong...Hong Kong people...Hong Kong people.

No feedback.

PETER (V.O.)

Sound like lunatics.

Time: 10.10pm. Silence.

Time: 10.30pm. We hear indistinct distant shouts from a few souls again.

Time: 10. 35pm. Silence.

PETER (V.O.)

They should have heard

their lone noise loud and

clear. Liberate yourselves

and share Hong Kong's

burdens constructively!

FADE OUT.

THE END

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