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Measures of Intelligence


FADE IN.

INT. SLEEPING ROOM - DAY

Reluctantly, PETER and his WIFE wake up.

PETER (V.O.)

I've to drive my wife to

the pier and she'll take

a ferry to court. We've

to be adaptive to

the change. This is

a common trait among

Hongkongers - one

measure of intelligence.

FLASHBACK

INT. DINING ROOM - NIGHT

WIFE

Are you free on Nov 19?

PETER

I've to see a client in the

afternoon.

WIFE

Then, you drive me to

court that morning.

PETER

But we might be delayed

on our way. I tried the

ferry last time.

His wife looks uneasy.

PETER (Cont'd)

I know you've never

tried that. Let's take

a Saturday ride to

see if it's fine. OK?

EXT. FERRY - DAY

Sitting in an upper-deck corner, Peter, his wife and KAJI, their pet, enjoy the breeze and the harbour veiw.

PETER

Not bad right?

His wife nods.

END FLASHBACK

EXT. FERRY PIER - DAY

Peter and his wife arrives in their car. They see a short passenger queue.

PETER You may wait inside

the car until the ferry

arrives.

A beat. His wife gets on board.

EXT. CAR PARK - DAY

Checking his phone, Peter sees a photo of a Chinese-style breakfast and a message says: the queue on this side is long.

PETER (V.O.)

Good for the operator.

We've also become

its new customers.

Rioters can disrupt

land transport with

relative ease, but

not the sea.

Peter types: Now, you'd agree this is the an enjoyable way to go to work? He then receives a thumb-up sign.

EXT. MTR STATION - DAY

Peter enters.

PETER (V.O.)

Good, it's open. One

hurdle less.

EXT. MINI-BUS STOP - DAY

A green bus is waiting.

PETER (V.O.)

No problem too.

EXT. PRISON VICINITY - DAY

Peter gets off the green bus.

PETER (V.O.)

I'm very early, as

there's no traffic

disruption along

my way.

Peter walks around.

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

I just use my time

to do something

that I wouldn't

do eg exploring if

it's viable to park

nearby.

After passing through a few parking lots, Peter sees an empty pavilion with a nice view and steps inside.

Checking his Quora app, Peter sees many notifications that request his answer.

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

The community is

very interested about

the Hong Kong riot

development.

Pausing.

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

The masked people

disrupt the traffic

system to satisfy their

own idiosyncrasy.

Pausing.

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

The government is

incompetent to govern,

emboldening them as

if they're above the

law.

Pausing.

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

Some do get caught

and soon they'll be

behind bars. Meanwhile,

the public have to

suffer.

Peter takes a photo of the hills in a distance.

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

Not just that I rearrange

my priorities. I've also

learned the protesting/

rioting aspect of social

science and responded

to over 400 questions

in the past few months.

Peter taps the app's content.

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

Wow, I've got so many

upvotes on this answer.

That might evidence

another measure of

intelligence.

INT. PRISON - DAY

Visitor waiting room. Very crowded. Peter is among the visitors.

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

Rioters entrench their

political fear and desire.

Not all will change on

their own. Correctional

services are in great

demand in Hong Kong!

Peter passes a security clearance and enters an interview room.

FADE OUT. The End

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