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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

After the Weekend

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDY - 17:00

  4. We see PETER typing on a laptop: I believe I've done my part...


  6. EXT. HKUST - 17:15 (Last Friday)

  7. Smartphone in hand, Peter is talking to someone.

  8. SOMEONE (From phone): She's working from home until 18:00...

  9. PETER: Okay, as she wants to talk to me, ask her to call me between 17:45 and 18:00.

  10. INT. STUDY - 18:00 (Last Friday)

  11. PETER (V.O.): No call. I don't have her telephone number. But Monday is the deadline to issue the decision.

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I suspect she doesn't understand something that is just too obvious to me.

  14. Act 2

  15. EXT. ROADS - 20:00 (Last Friday)

  16. At a traffic lights junction. Peter stops to check a mail.

  17. PETER (V.O.): You've missed the window of opportunity to call me? Leave it till Monday? Have a nice weekend?

  18. Peter types his reply.

  19. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Call me anytime on Sat/Sun as time is tight!

  20. INT. SITTING ROOM - 21:00 (Last Sunday)

  21. Peter ends a telephone call.

  22. PETER (V.O.): My solicitor friend work 7 days a week. Lives to work for money.

  23. Pausing.

  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): A fortnight ago, he asked me to put aside a case on the eve of its hearing and to give priority to his case to be heard 10 days later.

  25. Pausing.

  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In the end, things didn't go as assumed. As he began to reflect on his flaws, I counsel somewhat.

  27. Peter checks the junk mail box.

  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, there's an enquiry about my convenient day and time to fix a conference.

  29. Peter types his reply.

  30. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Fortunately, the mail came in last Thursday. I was appearing in court then.

  31. INT. STUDY - 10:00

  32. Phone rings: Unknown caller. Peter picks up the call.

  33. PETER (To phone): Is it you?

  34. After some discussion, Peter ends the call.

  35. PETER (V.O.): I was right, she didn't understand the fine differences, causing all the unnecessary queries and delay.

  36. Pausing.

  37. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I'm not sure if the other panelists are standing by like me so that matter can be disposed of within today.

  38. Peter sends emails and an attachment.

  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): To me, signing an online document by three panelists in time pose the real clerical challenge.

  40. It's 11:45. Peter checks his stock investment list on the phone screen.

  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The adverse impact of the Omicron variant is felt. Should I carry on buying low?

  42. Peter hears a remark from the radio: In a falling market, you gain if you don't buy...

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Sounds better than my buy-and-hold and don't-sell-in-panic strategy!

  44. It's 15:45. Peter sees messages: Would you mind...?

  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I mind as that isn't appropriate!

  46. Peter types on his smartphone, angrily.

  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I treat him like a friend but he treats me differently.

  48. Later, Peter sees another message: The matter is resolved...

  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If the matter can be resolved via other means, why attempt to waste my time and effort!

  50. Peter checks an incoming mail:...reply by today...

  51. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): A separate matter. I replied last Tuesday. They didn't check. I meant to help not to delay.

  52. Peter type his reply: On second thought, I won't attend.


  54. Act 3

  55. INT. STUDY - 22:00

  56. Peter checks a mail notification and a message.

  57. PETER (V.O.): Well, one co-panelist has just responded. It's still before the 11th hour.

  58. Thinking.

  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Time is the only capital one has - the only capital that one can't afford to lose.

  60. Peter touches his stomach.

  61. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, I'm still waiting for my wife's return to have dinner together.

  62. Thinking.

  63. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The first day after the weekend is particularly short.

  64. FADE OUT

  65. THE END

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