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Striking Back


FADE IN.

INT. SITTING ROOM - NIGHT

PETER and his WIFE are focusing on the computer screen. And then a new page comes up.

PETER & WIFE

(In concert)

Yeah! We've succeeded

in filing a criminal report

in Shanghai!

At the top of the screen, we see Internet Crime Reporting Centre and the website address ending with "cn".

In the main body, we see a green tick against words: "Successfully reported", and below that, the job no. and the reference no.

Peter takes a photo of the screen page.

FLASHBACK

INT. STUDY - DAY

Peter is working behind his computer. Seeing a mail notification at the screen corner, Peter looks curious.

PETER (V.O.)

What's that? From a

hired killer?

Peter clicks and reads the mail.

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

"...hired by the owners

of the domains?...

Take my life? Come

for my family?"

Pausing.

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

This is blackmail, and

a conspiracy to commit

an attempt murder! I

must report the case

to the Hong Kong

Police!

INT. REPORT CENTRE, POLICE STATION - DAY

Peter passes some papers to a uniformed police OFFICER (20s) to read.

OFFICER

What do you do?

PETER

I settle domain name

disputes, among

other things.

OFFICER

The respondent is

the registrants of

the domain names?

PETER

Some domain name

registrants might be

cybersquatters, passing

off others' reputation

and goodwill.

OFFICER

(Curious)

Why are people asking

you to settle their

cyber disputes?

PETER

Well, I've the knowledge

and experience...am a

Panelist and act like a

judge...

The officer begins to jot down notes.

OFFICER

A detective will take

a statement from you.

But such cyber

investigations take

a long time...

PETER

(Nodding)

Yes, need Interpol's

assistance.

The officer isn't responsive.

INT. INTERVIEW ROOM - DAY

A DETECTIVE (20s) passes some papers to Peter to sign.

DETECTIVE

We need to find out the

IP address of the suspect

first.

INT. STUDY - NIGHT

Sitting behind Peter's computer, the detective clicks an email address and then several other clicks.

DETECTIVE

This is the suspect's

IP address...

He clicks "Print".

INT. SITTING ROOM - NIGHT

Peter is discussing with his wife.

PETER

I believe it's better

to stop the problem

at source. I've all

the contact details

of the mastermind

in Shanghai.

Peter's wife is surfing the web.

PETER (V.O.)

I've sent something

to the Shanghai Public

Security Bureau, but

wasn't sure if I had

sent it to the right

unit.

Peter's wife gestures Peter to see her computer screen.

WIFE

This Shanghai Cyber

Crime Reporting Centre

may help.

PETER

See if I can submit a

criminal report from

Hong Kong.

They work and work, as red notifications get fewer and fewer.

END FLASHBACK

INT. DINING ROOM - NIGHT

Food on the table. Peter stares at the photo that he has just taken.

PETER

The job no. reflects

the time when we

first started to fill in

the particulars of

the criminal report ie

today at 19:30.

They both check the time of the table clock. It shows 21:15.

WIFE

Yes, it wasn't easy

at all.

PETER

But we've made it,

and are striking back!

They both look relieved.

FADE OUT.

The End

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