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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Ghosts

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. EXT. ROAD - MORNING


  4. Peter walks towards a court house.


  5. PETER (V.O.): I'm early. On time is late for high achievers.


  6. INT. COURT - DAY

  7. PETER, in a black suit, is staring at a MAN (70) who has uttered something.


  8. COURT: What did you say? Speak up.


  9. PETER (V.O.): Despite concrete evidence, he has been denying his responsibility since 2018.


  10. MAN: Guilty.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): At last for this trifle.


  12. Having heard the main parts of the facts, the man utters again.


  13. MAN: I don't agree with the extent of the victim's injury...


  14. Act 2


  15. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The dead idea in him...


  16. COURT: Those're irrelevant...Do you agree with the facts?


  17. MAN: Yes.


  18. COURT: Convicted as charged.


  19. Pausing.


  20. COURT: (CONT'D): Fine: HK$3000, and complete a driving improvement course within 3 months.


  21. PETER (V.O.): Fine aside, the man doesn't pay any attention to the Court's other order.


  22. Pausing.


  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Well, he still has to learn to take the consequences of his own making.


  24. INT. OFFICE - NOON


  25. Peter is reading some papers.


  26. PETER (V.O.): The defendant shoplifter has to appear in court in the afternoon. He jumped bails and the Police has executed the arrest warrants.


  27. Reading.


  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, he was only arrested during a Police's anti-crime patrol -away from the crime scene.


  29. Pausing.


  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Is there a ghost living inside him?


  31. Reading.


  32. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Wow, he has dozens of previous criminal convictions. The ghost has been winning.


  33. INT. COURT - AFTERNOON


  34. His NAMESAKE in the dock, Peter prosecutes.


  35. NAMESAKE: Guilty.


  36. After agreeing the facts of the case, the Court convicts him. Peter's namesake says something.


  37. COURT: The only acceptable mitigating factor is your frank admission of guilt.


  38. PETER (V.O.): Although one shouldn't judge a person by his looks, my namesake looks he has something to hide. I feel sorry for him.


  39. COURT: I give you a 1/3 discount. Two months imprisonment.


  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): He has to steal to feed his stomach. Imprisonment is quite a stop-gap solution.


  41. INT. OFFICE - LATER


  42. PETER (V.O.): I got a case to mention in court day after tomorrow; but I still haven't got the file. Let me chase.


  43. Having checked with STAFF#1, and STAFF#2, and waited for awhile, Peter gets a file.


  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When I was an Assistant Crown Counsel in 1986, I conducted trials in Magistracies and District Courts. Those for-mention case were mysteries to me.


  45. Reading.


  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Now, I know very well that they're just procedural steps in the pre-trial process.


  47. Reading.


  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As the trial date has been fixed, there's nothing to mention on 24 March 2021.


  49. Reading.


  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Tracing the case's process, I can see something was meant to be done on 24 March 2020. Is past a determined ghost?


  51. Holding the file, Peter checks with STAFF#2 and then STAFF#3.


  52. STAFF#3: I'll come back to you.


  53. Later, we hear a woman shouting at the reception.


  54. WOMAN: Prosecute my daughter? She was scarcely 16 years old? You all are rascals!


  55. As she repeats her accusations, Peter takes a look of the WOMAN.


  56. PETER (V.O.): A mother's love for her children can be ghostly powerful.


  57. Peter gossips with STAFF#4 and STAFF#5.


  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): She likes to come here to haunt the staff.


  59. Act 3


  60. INT. OFFICE - LATER


  61. Staff#3 comes back to Peter.


  62. STAFF#3: So sorry to have kept you waiting. Someone has overdone it. There's nothing to mention about this case.


  63. PETER: That's fine.


  64. PETER (V.O.): The woman has just left, ending our false imprisonment.


  65. EXT. ROAD - LATE AFTERNOON


  66. Peter leaves the court house.


  67. PETER (V.O.): If I didn't deal with the ghost case early, all parties will look ghostly.


  68. FADE OUT.


  69. THE END


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