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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Curiosity Sated

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. SITTING ROOM - DAY


  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...


  7. FLASHBACK


  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


  20. INT. COURT - CONTINUOUS

  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.


  32. INT. STUDY - NIGHT


  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


  54. INT. STUDY - CONTINUOUS


  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.


  63. RETURN TO PRESENT


  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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