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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

April Fools

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT


  4. PETER slides to one side of the bed and then to the other.


  5. PETER (V.O.): I haven't had any coffee today. I'm just too excited that swimming pools will reopen tomorrow.


  6. Pausing.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I wonder whether I'd swim before or after driving my wife to work.


  8. INT. BEDROOM - EARLY MORNING


  9. Peter rolls over in bed.


  10. PETER (V.O.): I think it's better that I only swim after I've driven my wife to work.


  11. Peter sleeps again.


  12. EXT. ROADS - MORNING


  13. Peter is driving his wife.


  14. Act 2


  15. INT. HOME - LATE MORNING


  16. Peter is packing his swimming gears.


  17. PETER (V.O.): It's been months since I last swam. I prefer swimming to running as I began to feel joint pain.


  18. Peter puts on his swimming brief.


  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I can't wait.


  20. EXT. PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL - LATER


  21. Arriving. Pretty quiet. Gates are closed.


  22. PETER (V.O.): OMG! Still closed!


  23. Peter reads a notice nearby.


  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd). Opening from April 2!


  25. Peter sees SOMEONE arriving.


  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd). I heard from the news days ago that swimming pools are opening today.


  27. Peter sees that Someone reading another notice at another spot.


  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Making me a fool on April Fools day! And. I'm not alone!


  29. Pausing.


  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Perhaps, this indoor-swimming pool has to make some arrangement.


  31. Pausing.


  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As I'm fully prepared, let me go to a public beach.


  33. EXT. GOLD COAST - NOON


  34. Peter arrives in his SMART car.

  35. PETER (V.O.): Oh, there're vacant parking lots. Today isn't a holiday...


  36. Peter then sees the nearby changing room is still being sealed off.


  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh dear, since I'm here, I'll get off to see if I could enter the beach...


  38. Peter walks towards the beach.


  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): No luck. I don't want to breach the law.


  40. Peter sees other VISITORS, carrying swimming gadgets.


  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yes, we're April fools.


  42. Smiling, Peter takes a selfie.


  43. EXT. ROADS - LATER

  44. Driving. Peter listens to the radio.


  45. PETER (V.O.): Oh the Court has delivered its verdict on a high-profile case today.


  46. Listening.


  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The Court has found that the case was proved beyond any reasonable doubt.


  48. Listening.

  49. '

  50. 'PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, the defendants' defence was that they're just leading participants in the unlawful assembly out of Victoria Park to avoid overcrowding.


  51. Smiling.


  52. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The facts speak for themselves.


  53. Act 3


  54. INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT


  55. Sitting in bed, Peter is reflecting.


  56. PETER (V.O.): I know I lack the essential attributes as a politician.


  57. Pausing.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I believe everything and trust everyone. I've my values and I tell the truth.


  59. Pausing.


  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Do I have to change my practice at least on April Fool's Day?


  61. Pausing.


  62. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I don't want to become the King of fools even for a day.


  63. Pondering,.


  64. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Anyway, Happy April Fool's Day to me!


  65. FADE OUT.


  66. THE END




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