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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Curiosity Sated

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1


  4. PETER and his WIFE are chatting.

  5. WIFE: I'll go shopping in that Japanese store later today.

  6. PETER: Don't get too excited. Remember well to pay...


  8. INT. COURT - DAY (Jan 6, 2021)

  9. An EXPERT (66) is in the witness box. Peter is cross-examining him vigorously.

  10. PETER: Even a person suffering from a Major Depressive Order can make a right decision in split second, do you agree?

  11. Pausing.

  12. EXPERT: Yes.

  13. Peter addresses the court.

  14. PETER: I've no other question.

  15. Peter watches the defence COUNSEL (40s) re-examining her expert witness.

  16. PETER (V.O.): I enjoyed cross-examining of a medical expert who is about the same age as mine.

  17. The defence COUNSEL then submits her closing speech to court.

  18. PETER (V.O.): She's very good. She must be very experienced.

  19. Act 2


  21. COURT: The case is adjourned to Jan 14, 2021 for verdict.

  22. Peter rises.

  23. PETER: If I may be excused for attending...

  24. The court takes notice. Then all rise and bow to the court. As the Counsel begins to pack her papers, Peter gives her a thumbs-up.

  25. PETER: Well done!

  26. The Counsel looks pleased.

  27. COUNSEL: It's bad that you couldn't follow through this case to the end.

  28. PETER: Yes, but it's the standard practice for counsel on fiat.

  29. PETER (V.O.): And my no-show at the verdict hearing may let the defendant know that I was prosecuting and not persecuting.

  30. Pausing.

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's all business and isn't personal.


  33. Peter is in thoughts.

  34. PETER (V.O.): I'm still thinking about the defence Counsel's performance. How many years of experience has she accumulated?

  35. Peter surfs the web with his phone.

  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): She was called to the bar in 1999. Her head of chambers was my former classmate.

  37. Pausing.

  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But I ceased my criminal prosecution practice in 1986. I switched to high-impact policy work. And I've only resumed prosecuting in Dec 2017.

  39. INT. STUDY - DAY (Jan 14, 2021)

  40. Watching TV inattentively, Peter is thinking.

  41. PETER (V.O.): The court will hand down the verdict of the case I prosecuted anytime soon.

  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Having reappraised the law and the special circumstances of the case, I believe it's probable the defendant will be convicted.

  43. Pausing.

  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The defence Counsel's eloquent speech might be persuasive, but it can't change the facts.

  45. Pausing.

  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Should I care about the outcome at all? I've established a prima facie case already. But the defendant has hired a pretty strong team.

  47. Peter continues to watch TV.

  48. INT. STUDY - DAY (Jan 21, 2021)

  49. Peter finishes a phone conversation.

  50. PETER (V.O.): A prosecutor called. I've seized the opportunity to enquire on the outcome of the case I prosecuted. He'll come back to me.

  51. Pausing.

  52. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I just can't withhold my curiosity concerning the actual outcome, despite my own objective assessment.

  53. Act 3


  55. Phone rings. Peter takes the call.

  56. PROSECUTOR (from phone): You're really good. The defendant was convicted...

  57. Ending the call, Peter looks very happy.

  58. PETER (V.O.): I was pretty well-prepared for the case. I've done very well in my role as a fiat counsel.

  59. Pausing.

  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): What's the word specifically for the satisfaction of a curiosity?

  61. Peter surfs the web with his phone.

  62. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): "Sate" ie satisfy to the full. Yes, my curiosity sated.


  64. PETER (Cont'd): For my recent prosecutions on shoplifting, the crime scene has been the place you're going.

  65. WIFE: Don't worry! I won't forget to pay.

  66. FADE OUT.

  67. THE END

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