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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Artfully Sweet

  1. FADE IN

  2. Act 1


  4. From a conference room, PETER appears.

  5. PETER (V.O.): I've learned a lot from the technical meeting.

  6. At the bar, Peter helps himself to a cup of chocolate.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've also tried to add value. My intervention has advanced a project by one year.

  8. Peter checks the time on his smartphone.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): See if there's a chance I can have lunch with my wife.

  10. After sending WhatsApp messages, Peter sees no reply.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I know she's very busy; and I didn't know my meeting ended on time.

  12. At 12:45, Peter leaves.

  13. Act 2


  15. Approaching. Peter makes a call.

  16. PETER: Darling, any chance to have lunch with me? I'm at the ground floor of your office.

  17. WIFE: Okay, let me have a few more minutes...

  18. Recalling.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In 1998, I was working here as a Deputy Secretary for Constitutional Affairs. I didn't have time for lunch.

  20. Then, his WIFE appears smilingly.

  21. WIFE: What a surprise you'd have lunch with me! Let me take you to an eatery at IFC.

  22. INT. EATERY, IFC - 13:30

  23. We see Peter and his wife sharing a small table with eight other CUSTOMERS.

  24. PETER: It's lucky that we barely have to wait.

  25. WIFE: The queue is usually shorter around this time. It was a Michelin-starred eatery.

  26. Sitting opposite them are a young MAN and a young WOMAN, speaking Mandarin.

  27. PETER (V.O.): Tourists are visiting Hong Kong. The compact Hong Kong make us eat together.

  28. When dim sum is put on the table, Peter's wife interacts with the man to ensure that they don't consume other's orders inadvertently.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My wife likes to ensure everything is in order.

  30. Peter's wife helps Peter with the dim sum before Peter reciprocates.

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Let the young couple witness how an old couple in Hong Kong would treat each other.

  32. Later, Peter tries to grab the bill but is deterred by his wife.

  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Let me do it. You're so nice to have lunch with me...

  34. INT. LANDMARK, CENTRAL - 14:00

  35. Peter and his wife walk near an exhibition booth.

  36. WIFE: There's a Picasso paintings exhibition here. Enjoy it. I've to dash.

  37. PETER: Okay...

  38. Peter begins to appreciate a painting in glass with a black-lit panel.

  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The visual impact is excellent as it brings out a glowing effect.

  40. Appreciating.

  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've never seen this before! The name of the subject is the same as my wife's.

  42. Seeing an explanatory board nearby, Peter studies it.

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Ah, the Picasso paintings in glass are from a private collection.

  44. Studying.

  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): How nice it is to have such a free artful dessert here!

  46. Pausing.

  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I know "Stressed" is "Dessert spelled backwards"

  48. After surfing the web with his smartphone, Peter takes photos of the paintings in glass.

  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Pablo Picasso has been dead for 50 years.

  50. Act 3


  52. Panoramic view. Peter helps himself to a cup of chocolate at a bar.

  53. PETER (V.O.): I like anything sweet or with eye-appeal.

  54. Peter sips his chocolate.

  55. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm what I think, say and do.

  56. Peter checks images in his smartphone App.

  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The best things in life are artfully sweet.

  58. Peter enters a conference room.

  59. FADE OUT

  60. THE END

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