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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Never Want To Work?


FADE IN.

EXT. BUS CABIN - DAY

Raining. Sitting on the upper deck of a bus, PETER, dressed in white, sees dominant young passengers coming up. Some pairs clad in black and masked.

PETER (V.O.)

So these're the young

who're determined to

flout the law. In a rule-

based society, flouting

the law can't be good.

EXT. CHATHAM ROAD - DAY

Getting off the bus, Peter sees people dressed in black are masking their faces heavily by the road side.

PETER (V.O.)

They're going to have

another venture.

Following two girls in black wearing single braid tails on a road, Peter sees a foreign YOUNG MAN presenting some small Hong Kong flags to them. They refuse to accept.

PETER (V.O.)

What a mockery. They

don't identify with Hong

Kong. I doubt if they've

worked at all.

INT. MUSIC STORE - DAY

Approaching a music store, Peter looks pleased.

PETER (V.O.)

It's still open. It's non-

conspicuous location

is now an edge!

Inside is very quiet. STAFF are anxious to help.

PETER

Have you got...

STAFF

They're behind you...

Seeing something, Peter looks pleased.

PETER (V.O.)

I haven't come here for

a long time.

After paying, Peter leaves, carrying his shopping.

EXT. NATHAN ROAD - DAY

No car traffic, just people in black walking towards one direction. Peter goes and waits at a bus stop. Later, a WOMAN (40s) comes over.

WOMAN

The bus service has

suspended.

PETER

(Enlightened)

Oh, thank you!

PETER (V.O.)

The MTR station is

closed. Let me walk

to a quieter area.

As he walks, Peter sees a few not-for-hire taxis. Many desperate visitors wave at them as they drive on.

PETER

(Frustrated)

All these are due

to stupidity.

PETER (V.O.)

The worst scenario

is to walk home. I

haven't tried that

before.

EXT. HIGHWAY JUNCTIONS - DAY

Peter walks and walks by the roadside. There're others ahead of him.

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

All have been

inconvenienced,

including those

dressed in black.

Then, Peter takes a pedestrian tunnel.

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

I've never been

here before.

Peter sees graffiti on the wall.

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

Political slogans

again...But this

one truly reflects

their heart.

Peter takes a photo of it. We see four Chinese characters "Never Want To Work" written on the wall.

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

That's what they're

fighting for - wealth

re-distribution ie

communism.

Coming out of the tunnel from the other end, Peter looks around the environment.

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

I didn't have to cross

this tunnel at all. But

I gained insight.

EXT. BUS STOP - DAY

Lots of people are waiting anxiously. Buses come but they're full. Peter checks an App.

PETER (V.O.)

A bus that would take me

home should arrive in 15

minutes. Let me wait and

see.

A bus comes and Peter gets in. Other PASSENGERS in black follow him.

Seated, Peter overhears the passengers' exchanges: This's the only bus that would take us nearer to our homes.

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

Okay, they've given up

because of inconvenience.

Actually, they don't have

to put themselves at risks.

INT. STUDY - NIGHT

Working behind the computer and listening to the TV at the same time, Peter is thoughts.

PETER (V.O.)

Nothing ventured, nothing

gained. But mine is legal

and theirs are legally risky.

Riot and arrest scenes on TV.

PETER (V.O) (Cont'd)

When they face justice,

they'd feel they're just

strangers in a criminal

crowd, carrying their

own criminal records

for life.

Pausing.

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

Having worked for over

40 years, I'm still working

creatively, contributing to

society and the world

constructively! Never

want to work?

Peter raises an eyebrow.

FADE OUT. THE END

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