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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

A Feather In My Cap

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. BEDROOM - 12.00

  4. Reading in bed, PETER takes a look of his waking WIFE.

  5. PETER (V.O.): She's on leave. I mustn't forget to assist my client this afternoon.

  6. WIFE: Shall we have brunch in a nearby mall?

  7. INT. RESTAURANT 13:15

  8. Inside a packed restaurant, Peter and his wife are having Vietnam Pho and snacks.

  9. PETER: Here, the food is nice and the service efficient.

  10. Pausing.

  11. PETER: (Cont'd): After work, I'd go back to my Chambers to pay rent and to the HKU Law Library.

  12. Finishing his food and drink quickly, Peter leaves first.

  13. Act 2


  15. A. Interview room#1. Via INTERPRETER#1, Peter explains something to his CLIENT.

  16. B. Interview room#2. Via INTERPRETER#2, Peter's Client responds to questions posed by an OFFICER.

  17. C. Later, the Officer and Peter had some exchanges before another round questions and answers.

  18. D. Ending, Peter, his Client and Interpreter#2 sign documents and get copies of them before leaving.


  20. EXT. STREETS - 16:00

  21. Walking towards a mall together, Peter and his Client chat in Mandarin.

  22. PETER: It's cold today. You worked in Taiwan.

  23. CLIENT: Its winter could be just cold as Hong Kong now. In Vietnam, it's always hot.

  24. PETER: I love Vietnam food. I had Pho for brunch.

  25. CLEINT: The Pho here isn't as nice as those at home but it's seven times more expensive.

  26. PETER: You must be missing your wife and children there.

  27. CLIENT: I've been keeping fit so they don't have to worry.

  28. Arriving, they part.

  29. INT. CHAMBERS - 17:00

  30. Peter sees white books of 2022 editions in bookshelves.

  31. PETER (V.O.): In Jan 2021, I borrowed a 2020 edition from the HKU Law Library.

  32. Then, Peter joins a GROUP chat and directs a question to a chambermate.

  33. PETER: You still haven't taken any jabs?

  34. CHAMBERMATE: No, the jabs aren't risk-free.

  35. PETER: I had taken the same view until my doctor told me the drugs he had been prescribing to me were riskier than taking the jabs.

  36. CHAMBERMATE: But I feel restrictive in my social activities now. I might take a jab as I want to dance again.

  37. PETER: Just one jab? Alright, we're 100% responsible for ourselves!

  38. INT. HKU LAW LIBRARY - 18:00

  39. Seeing a white book's 2021 edition on a stack, Peter looks pleased.

  40. PETER (V.O.): That's what I've come here for.

  41. Showing to a STAFF another thick book's title, Peter poses a question.

  42. PETER: Do you have a 2021 edition on loan?

  43. Later, the Staff returns with 2022 editions.

  44. STAFF: The 2021 editions aren't for loan, but the 2022 editions are.

  45. PETER: Is that right? I can borrow the 2022 editions?

  46. As the Staff nods, Peter puts the 2022 editions on a self-help lending machine. Then, they see red remarks on screen.

  47. PETER: They aren't for loan...

  48. STAFF: Someone has held them online.

  49. PETER (V.O.): I've never held any library books online. I'd only borrow idle ones on stacks.

  50. Pausing.

  51. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But, it makes no sense to reserve the dated 2021 editions while lending the latest 2022 editions out.

  52. 'Peter just borrows a book's 2021 edition before leaving.

  53. Act 3

  54. INT. BEDROOM - 22:30

  55. Peter is dictating his diary in his smartphone.

  56. PETER (V.O.): Had a brunch with my wife, performed a professional task, settled my rental obligation and borrowed a 2021 edition of a book are small things.

  57. Pausing.

  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In the past, I didn't wear a cap. Now, I'd wear one to shade myself from sunlight and to cover my white hair.

  59. Pausing.

  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Living a simple life, accomplishing small things is like having a feather in my cap though.

  61. THE END.

  62. FADE OUT

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