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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Little Extras

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. STUDY - 07:00

  4. PETER is reading a thick book.

  5. PETER (V.O.): OMG, I've forgotten about the Indictment Rules!

  6. Pausing.

  7. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): By end August this year, I'd have been in private practice for 4 years now.

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): It was in late July 2017 while I was in Dubrovnik that I learned about the Hong Kong Bar's approval of my practice.

  10. EXT. ROAD - 08:30

  11. Peter in a dark suit is walking towards a court house.

  12. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I must remember that after today's work, I shouldn't be too relaxed as I still have to visit my client in Castle Peak Bay Immigration Centre tomorrow.

  13. Act 2


  15. Peter is chatting with a white-haired COUNSEL over lunch.

  16. PETER (V.O.): He has done his extra mile to become a Barrister as a 2nd career. I'm 5 years older than him, but he's 2 years senior to me in private practice.

  17. Pausing.

  18. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I've learned a lot on the job. It's also interesting to share how life is like in comparable circumstances.

  19. Pausing.

  20. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Furthermore, one can learn from one's peers. Our stories add colours to criminal practice.


  22. Peter exits from the court house.

  23. PETER (V.O.): Today, I was quite an extra. Once in 4 years.

  24. Pausing.

  25. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): But I'm charging my minimum rate at US$3 per minute. I read that Afghan solders were paid US$2 per day.

  26. Pausing.

  27. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Anyhow, I seized the opportunity to reappraise criminal procedure in its totality.


  29. Peter works behind his computer.

  30. PETER (V.O.): It's good that I can issue the invoice of my professional fee in settling a Statement of Claim.

  31. Pausing.

  32. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): The Defendant made a sanctioned offer. and my client has accepted it. I'm earning a little extra in civil practice too.

  33. Pausing.

  34. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): As I've earned the little extras, I'd reward myself. Apart from contributing a little to the economy, it'd motivate me to accomplish more.

  35. Recalling.

  36. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Two days ago, I bought a defective fan. I'll go back to the retailer to get a replacement.


  38. Peter is showing a green fan to a STAFF.

  39. PETER: I've a white one and so I know there's something wrong with this green one...

  40. STAFF: Would you accept other colours? We find the defective ones are green.

  41. PETER: Pink then.

  42. The extra-helpful Staff demonstrates to Peter the perfect condition of a pink fan.

  43. PETER (V.O.): I like the design and function of the fan so much that I meant to have all the model's colours - white, green and pink.

  44. Pausing.

  45. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Now, I've to reward myself with something else.

  46. Peter goes inside a video store and comes out empty-handed. Later, Peter walks past pop-up stores.

  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The design of the scissors look good. I've scissors but I wouldn't mind to have little extras.

  48. Grabbing 5 items, Peter pays at the cashier.

  49. Act 3


  51. Peter is watching BBC World News. The former Vice-President of Afghanistan is speaking.

  52. PETER (V.O.): He's explaining the disastrous situations. He finds the White House guilty.

  53. On screen, the former Interior Minister of Afghanistan is being interviewed.

  54. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): They assume some responsibility. But why don't they all do a little extra to prevent the emergency from becoming a crisis?

  55. Pausing.

  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The difference between "ordinary" and "extraordinary" is "extra".

  57. Reflecting.

  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I believe I did well in my civil service career. What I'm doing now is extra.

  59. Peter takes a look of the thick books on the floor.

  60. FADE OUT.

  61. THE END

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