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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Little Steps

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. EXT. ROADS - MORNING


  4. PETER drives his WIFE and younger SON.


  5. PETER (V.O.): For a husband or a son to accompanying the wife or mother in times of need is a top priority.


  6. Later, his wife and son get off.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Let me see where I can wait...


  8. Finding a vacant metered parking space, Peter parks his car and checks the meter.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, it's a new parking meter.


  10. Smart phone in hand, Peter downloads the HKeMeter App, types and taps Next until Finish.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Signing up takes time. It's okay as I'm waiting.


  12. Peter pays with his Octopus card.


  13. Act 2


  14. EXT/INT. JAPANESE STORE - LATER


  15. Seeing the store, Peter gets inside.


  16. PETER (V.O.): Recently, I prosecuted two cases. Here's the crime scene.


  17. Peter stares at the ceiling.


  18. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I knew where the security cameras were located.


  19. Peter looks at the merchandise.


  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): They're so inviting.


  21. Peter holds one phone in one hand and another phone in another.


  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I don't intend to buy anything. I ensure my hands won't disobey me.


  23. Pausing.


  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It'll be a nightmare if I picked up something unconsciously and didn't pay...


  25. Thinking.


  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The defendants in the two theft cases I prosecuted were women. They spent a lot of money to hire lawyers to defend their cases.


  27. Recalling.


  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): One gave me the opportunity to cross-exam a medical expert as old as me. And I enjoyed that.


  29. Recalling.


  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The other was interdicted from her work. She dared not let her family members know. For months, she just spent time in parks.


  31. Checking himself again, Peter leaves.


  32. EXT. ROADS - LATER


  33. As he waits near his car, Peter sees TRAFFIC WARDENS#1 & 2 approaching, checking the meters.


  34. PETER (V.O.): While they're strangers to me, I believe they're the colleagues of one of the theft defendants.


  35. Noting the parking time of the one behind Peter's car has expired, TRAFFIC WARDEN#1 books that car.


  36. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Let me now learn the other functions of HKeMeter App.


  37. Peter reads his phone screen.


  38. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, apart from expiry notices, I can pay remotely!


  39. INT. MEDICAL CENTRE CORRIDOR - LATER


  40. Peter stands waiting, extending the parking time with his phone from time to time.


  41. PETER (V.O.): Because of COVID, they only allow one accompanying person.


  42. EXT. ROADS - LATER


  43. In their son's company, Peter walks his wife slowly to the parking space.

  44. PETER (V.O.): Having done my top-priority task, the next one is to help my client.


  45. SEQUENCES OF PETER'S OTHER ACTIVITIES


  46. A. In his study, Peter examines some papers and does some drafting.


  47. B. Later, in an interview room, Peter is having a conference with his client.


  48. C. Later, inside a court room, Peter submits to a TRIBUNAL.


  49. RETURN TO PRESENT


  50. EXT. SWIMMING POOL - LATE AFTERNOON


  51. Peter is about to arrive.


  52. PETER (V.O.): I've done very well in the appeal case. It's time to relax.


  53. Then, Peter sees long queues waiting at the entrance.


  54. Act 3


  55. EXT. ROADS - LATER


  56. Leaving the swimming pool unhappily, Peter checks his phone Health App.


  57. PETER (V.O.): Oh, I've already done 16,038 steps today. My legs deserve some rest. I'll just be the best I can be.


  58. Peter makes a call.


  59. PETER (To phone): Is the estate swimming pool opening tomorrow?


  60. SOMEONE (From phone): Yes, at 7am.


  61. Peter then touches his handbag.


  62. PETER (V.O.): The car key is still with me. Let me drive the car to the petrol filling station to quench its thirst.


  63. Pausing.


  64. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Little steps and journeys make one meaningful day.


  65. FADE OUT.


  66. THE END



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