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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

A Resounding Cheer

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDY - 10:30

  4. As PETER's smartphone#1 is linked with two Sony speakers, we hear music with extra bass sounds.

  5. PETER (V.O.): I dedicate one smartphone to play an internet radio and an language game.

  6. Reading an answer request on screen of smartphone#2, PETER is thoughts.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): He's asking me how can I help to cheer him up in adversity.

  8. Peter checks Yahoo!Finance using his smartphone#3.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): After yesterday's surge, the Hong Kong stock market is trading lower this morning.

  10. Tapping on the smartphone screen, Peter does an order to buy.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've a hunch that my entrepreneurship fund won't be in the red from today.

  12. Putting a scale model car blue S13 on top of a flashing red speaker, Peter captures an image.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I don't know if I can live without music and cars, especially in adversity.

  14. Act 2

  15. INT. MALL#1 - 13:15

  16. Smartphone repairer. Peter hands over smartphone#4 with a swollen battery to a STAFF.

  17. PETER (V.O.): Today, I'm in good mood to have it repaired, helping micro business incidentally.

  18. STAFF: When it's done tomorrow, we'll call you.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I know their charge is15% above average. But I don't care anymore.



  22. Peter and a FRIEND (40s) are having caviar for afternoon tea.

  23. PETER (V.O.): He's a fund manager. It's his lifestyle. I'm his honoured guest.


  25. As Peters taps his entrepreneurship fund on his smartphone screen, we see changing numerals in many green and red digits.


  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I now recognise the power of investment. Someone works for you while you aren't working.

  28. Pausing.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But there's a catch - the gain can either be positive or negative.

  30. Pausing.

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And if one can gain or lose so much money in a second, one wouldn't care about trifles.

  32. INT. CHAMBERS - 14:00

  33. Reading some briefs, Peter is in thoughts.

  34. PETER (V.O.): I can easily lose several days' earnings in one stock trading day.

  35. Pausing.

  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): This has been the case for the past two months. Weeks earlier I had some small gain.

  37. Pausing.

  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I thought I was investing in rock-bottom time. But I wasn't right.

  39. INT. MALL#2 - 14:45

  40. Waiting for his takeaway, Peter checks the performance of his entrepreneurship fund again.

  41. PETER (V.O.): Trading today is becoming flat. Not sure if my negative gain will go away.

  42. Peter gets his takeaway.

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I don't spend a lot of money on food and drinks.

  44. Picking up a call, Peter engages in a conversation.

  45. PETER (To phone): It's better to replace the parts? Okay, replace them.

  46. PETER (V.O.): I've been spending a lot in repairing my old cars.

  47. Smiling.

  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That's how I help maintain jobs in a small way, indirectly.

  49. EXT. PARK - 16: 45

  50. Peter stops his jogging to check his entrepreneurship fund again. We see green numerals on screen.

  51. PETER (V.O.): Ha, the first time since mid-Nov, 2021! But my total gain after four months of investment is less than my earning in one day!

  52. Act 3

  53. INT. STUDY - 21:00

  54. The TV shows images of US-Russia negotiations at the President Hotel in Geneva,

  55. PETER (V.O.): I once dined there at the invitation of the DG of WIPO. I was talking about creating public value via trading of IP.

  56. Pausing.

  57. PETER (V.O.): Working in retirement, my entrepreneurship fund project makes more sense to me than anything.

  58. Pausing.

  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In time, all things, whether public or private, will get better.

  60. Smiling.

  61. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's Friday. I can hear a resounding cheer in my heart.

  62. The green light in his red Sony speaker is flashing.

  63. THE END.

  64. FADE OUT

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