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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Happy Pain

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1

  3. INT - STUDY - DAY

  4. PETER looks out of the window.

  5. PETER (V.O.): Thunderstorms are coming. It's unlikely that I can swim in the clubhouse's outdoor swimming pool.

  6. Raining and thundering outside.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The inclement weather will continue.

  8. Thinking.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But I don't want to skip my daily exercises. Perhaps, I just go downstairs and run around.


  11. PETER (V.O.): While my right shoulder muscle soreness has subsided, I feel muscle soreness in my right leg. Should I run?

  12. Peter runs under covered areas.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've got to squeeze the time so that I won't miss a Webinar of the Chicago Law School. Their approach to law is fresh to me.

  14. Act 2


  16. Dining with his family, Peter follows a webinar.

  17. PETER (V.O.): The professor is advocating personalised law in a brave new world. Sounds theoretical and practical at the same time.

  18. Pausing.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But his thesis isn't worth considering outside the ivory tower, despite the advance of big data. I think he has stretched the law too much.

  20. Pausing.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Personalized exercises are viable though.


  23. Peter rests by the poolside.

  24. PETER (V.O.): Having run yesterday night, I feel muscle soreness around my right knee.

  25. Peter enjoys water massage by the pool wall.

  26. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd):There aren't any jacucci in public swimming pools.

  27. Pausing.

  28. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): But there's social mix.



  31. As Peter rests by the pool side, SWIMMER#1 and SWIMMER#2 exchange chats.

  32. SWIMMER#1: My sister has got a government job offer.

  33. SWIMMER #2: What job?

  34. SWIMMER#1: AO?EO? No, just the entry rank of clerical staff. The maximum monthly pay is over $20,000

  35. SWIMMER#2: That's good enough.

  36. SWIMMER#1: Yes, my sister is very happy as she can work until 65.

  37. PETER (V.O): True, one can live a simple and content life.


  39. PETER (Cont'd): But now, I need the jacucci for my hydrotherapy.

  40. Later, Peter swims free style and does back strokes.

  41. PETER (V.O) (Cont'd): It seems that the muscle sores in my right shoulder is going away. That's good.

  42. Pausing.

  43. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Let me do some butterfly strokes in my last laps.

  44. Trying.

  45. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Oh, I can't move my arms symmetrically. It's painful.

  46. Peter does a few slow strokes awkwardly.

  47. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I couldn't take it for granted that I could do what I used to do.

  48. Peter gets out of the pool.

  49. Act 3

  50. INT. STUDY - DAY

  51. Peter checks his phone message.

  52. PETER (V.O.) : The retiree I met yesterday asks me if I would like to learn Thai boxing.

  53. Pausing.

  54. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I did tell her that I learned snowboarding in Japan at the age of 64.

  55. Pausing.

  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): At home, I prefer swimming or running. I haven't danced although I was feverish about it about 10 years ago.

  57. Peter surfs the web.

  58. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Muscle soreness is a sign that I am getting stronger? My muscles and the fibers begin to break down and get better prepared to handle the stress in future?

  59. Reading.

  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's also stated that the more I move via gentle exercises, the quicker the discomfort will go away.

  61. Thinking.

  62. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): But Thai boxing isn't gentle enough.

  63. Pausing.

  64. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): And I don't like sore muscles.

  65. Having responded to message, Peter see sunshine through the window.

  66. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Can I treat sore muscles as happy pain?

  67. FADE OUT.

  68. THE END

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