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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

A Distinctive Mark

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. RESTAURANT - 15:50


  4. Having an eye on his smartphone's screen, PETER is finishing his sliced chicken noodles in soup.


  5. PETER (V.O.): It seems that I'll lose money in stocks today.


  6. Peter taps his Watchlist to see.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): While the prices of some stocks that I haven't bought are low, I predict the prices will drop further.


  8. Peter taps his Investmentlist to see.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For the stocks that I've already invested, it's entertaining to see that some of them surging upwards at times.


  10. Thinking.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But if more investors want to sell their stocks than to buy, my total gain will become less. I still have 10 minutes to buy low.


  12. After amending his orders, Peter sees returning messages.


  13. Act 2


  14. FLASHBACK


  15. INT. COURT - 8:45


  16. Entrance. Peter in a black suit appears. STAFF#1 gives directions.


  17. STAFF#1: For lawyers, please walk this way.


  18. PETER (V.O.): The staff can tell by outfit that I'm a lawyer.


  19. INT. OFFICE - 9:00


  20. Reception. STAFF#2 approaches Peter.


  21. STAFF#2: Would you be available in the afternoon if your cases overrun?


  22. PETER: I've a medical appointment.


  23. INT. INTERVIEW ROOM - 10:00


  24. Peter and STAFF#3 are interviewing CLIENTS, taking instructions.


  25. INT. COURT ROOM - 10:30


  26. Bar table. Peter sits with staff#3.


  27. STAFF#3: I saw you walking to court this morning.


  28. PETER (V.O.): But we've only known each other half an hour ago! I must be distinctive - the colour of my hair.


  29. Nodding, Peter points at his hair. Then, the court is in session. Peter submits, but his CLIENT#1 and then CLIENT#2 can't get out from the bars.


  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): One suspect is an asylum seeker having no fixed abode. The other is charged for raping a young girl.

  31. Pausing.


  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): At 9:30 today, I've already dealt with a sentencing case. The guilty client was pleased that I had persuaded the court not to impose a compensation order.


  33. As other cases are called and dealt with, Peter looks at the wall clock.


  34. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've two more cases to be disposed of. But it's unlikely that they would be called before 1:00pm.


  35. Session adjourned. PEOPLE are leaving. Peter overhears the chatting of those dressed in black in front of him.


  36. SOMEONE: Watching the proceedings is instructive. I know how to defend my case in due course...


  37. PETER (V.O.): To accommodative the demand, the court provides live-video of a court's proceedings outside the court room.


  38. Walking.

  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I come here to prove that I can still do what the young and bright can do, professionally and constructively.


  40. INT. OFFICE - 13:15


  41. Reception. Peter appears and sees Staff#2 waiting.


  42. STAFF#2: Mr Cheung, I'll pass your cases to others to deal with in the afternoon. Many thanks!


  43. PETER: Is that OK? Thank you very much then!


  44. INT. CONSULTATION ROOM - 14:45


  45. Peter is consulting with his family DOCTOR.


  46. DOCTOR: You're taking care of yourself 100%.


  47. PETER: I want to live long.


  48. DOCTOR: Just live well each day.


  49. PETER (V.O.): There's a lot of wisdom.


  50. RETURN TO PRESENT


  51. Act 3


  52. INT. RESTAURANT - 16:20


  53. Peter is glued to his smartphone.


  54. PETER (V.O.): The App has done the final calculations of my investment reward today. It was a negative gain. I've lost about 300 bowls of sliced chicken noodles in soup.


  55. Pausing.


  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's my first daily loss since I've begun investing in stocks. But I've also taken the opportunity to include more companies' shares into my portfolio.

  57. Pausing.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Unknown to the big bosses of businesses around me, I've become one of their shareholders.


  59. Pausing.


  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's quite like the staff who was watching me this morning. Have I become a distinctive mark - unique, dynamic and memorable?


  61. FADE OUT


  62. THE END



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