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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

A Good Day

  1. FADE IN


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. BEDROOM - 08:15


  4. PETER checks his phone calendar.


  5. PETER (V.O.): I've an eBRAM reception to go this evening.


  6. Recalling.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, a friend who did the ground work has already left the institution for good.


  8. Pausing.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm an e-BRAM panelist. But I haven't done any work via the platform yet.


  10. Pausing.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I might not know anybody at the reception. Nobody would care if I don't turn up.


  12. Pausing.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Anyway, see how it goes.


  14. Act 2


  15. EXT/INT. WEST WING, JUSTICE PLACE - 18:00


  16. Entrance. Peter is taking photos of the sign board.


  17. PETER (V.O.): The 1F here used to be the hub for Govt legal trainees during the summer holidays.


  18. Recalling.


  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): From 1981-1985, I was one of them.


  20. Pausing.


  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's good to be back after a lapse of 4 decades.


  22. Reception. Peter sees GUESTS getting their name tags.


  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, my elder son and his colleagues are here too.


  24. Peter's SON, his COLLEAGUES#1-4 and Peter enter a lift together.


  25. SON: My Dad...


  26. COLLEAGUE#1: Is it planned?


  27. SON: No, a random act.


  28. PETER: Hi Everyone!


  29. PETER (V.O.): If I don't work in retirement, I won't be joining the young and bright.


  30. Crowded Room. A WAITER offers red wine and champagne.


  31. PETER: Let me help myself with a cup of orange juice.


  32. Going to the bar, Peter sees a familiar face.


  33. PETER (V.O.): What's his name?


  34. Peter focuses on his name tag.


  35. PETER: Hi Doug! Good to see you again!


  36. Recalling.


  37. PETER (V.O.): When I began my private practice in 2017, my first assignment was to join a duty visit to KL as a Member of the Hong Kong Bar.


  38. Recalling.


  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The opportunity was meant for Doug, but he had an urgent court appearance and recommended me to go instead.


  40. Pausing.


  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Now, I realize such an assignment is rare.


  42. Peter then engages GUESTS#1 & 2.


  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): One is a rising star in politics. The other is a visionary professor.


  44. After a few speeches and rounds of applauses, Peter chats with his son. Then a LADY intervenes smilingly.

  45. PETER: Hi Catherine! You always energize people.


  46. CATHERINE: Hi Peter! It's been over a decade since we last worked together as mentors to HKU undergraduates in law.


  47. PETER: Could you please advise my son how to survive in an international firm?


  48. They chat and chat.


  49. EXT. GOVT CAR PARK - 19:30


  50. Entrance. A GUARD is questioning Peter seriously.


  51. PETER (V.O.): I was working in the Attorney General's Chambers here in 1985. Now, I just want to take my wife's car lift home!


  52. Act 3


  53. INT. BEDROOM - 22:15


  54. Peter is listening to oldies.


  55. PETER (V.O.): Before participating in the eBRAM reception, I've also gone to the Duty Lawyer's office and my chambers.


  56. Pausing.


  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): At the end of the day, it was a good one. Catherine's remarks about my elder son and me were non-obvious to me.


  58. Pausing.


  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): A good day is largely unplanned, random and spontaneous.


  60. FADE OUT


  61. THE END

























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