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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

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  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDY - MORNING


  4. Peter is studying files.


  5. PETER (V.O.): I've already prepared for my court work tomorrow. Let me get something moving for my work day after tomorrow.


  6. Peter checks some telephone numbers.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): No news from those who should be helping me. Time is tight though.


  8. Peter makes calls.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Do they like to hear from me? I could sit back and wait.


  10. Peter's phone rings.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Workwise, to engage is better than not to engage.


  12. Peter speaks to the phone again.


  13. Act 2


  14. INT. CHAMBERS - AFTERNOON


  15. As his CHAMBERMATES chat happily, Peter listens and smiles a little.


  16. PETER (V.O.): People always like to talk about other people or dramas...


  17. Discreetly, Peter leaves. Then, he meets another CHAMBERMATE at the exit.


  18. CHAMBERMATE: It's pretty likely that when your son graduates in Australia, he doesn't need to take any exams to get qualified in Hong Kong.


  19. PETER: Yes, thank you for your support all along! If my son was admitted to HKU like your daughter, I don't have to worry.


  20. They part smilingly.


  21. INT. MALL - LATER


  22. Peter feels his phone ringing.


  23. PETER (To phone): Yes?


  24. SOMEONE (From phone): Mr Cheung, someone is about to send you something...


  25. PETER (To phone): Good, I need them for my work day after tomorrow.


  26. At a bank ATM corner, Peter deposits a cheque.


  27. PETER (V.O.): I still have the residual capacity to earn some pocket money.


  28. Peter then notes a new phone message.


  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Do I know Yvonne? It's from my music friend.


  30. Wondering.


  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Yes...we're business friends. We met pretty regularly before my retirement in 2014.


  32. Pausing.


  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But since then, we haven't engaged further and I haven't heard from her.


  34. Peter types on his phone.


  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): What's the matter?


  36. Then, Peter gets a detailed notice.


  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh My God! Her funeral notice! My friend is breaking news.


  38. FLASHBACK


  39. INT. CONFERENCE ROOM - AFTERNOON (2013)


  40. LADIES including YVONNE and GENTLEMEN take their seats. Peter (59) chairs a meeting.


  41. RETURN TO PRESENT


  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): She passed away on 10 March at home. I believe she's about two years junior to me in age.


  43. INT. COURT LIBRARY - LATER


  44. Peter is reading thick books.


  45. PETER (V.O.): No preparation is ever enough.


  46. Peter turns the pages.


  47. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I behave as if I was still a law student or a junior Barrister back in the 1980s. Am I using my time badly?


  48. Something catches his eyes.


  49. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, here's a quote from Justice Duffy's judgment.


  50. Recalling.


  51. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd):When Joe was Crown Prosecutor in the Attorney General's Chambers, he moved me as a Barrister on 31 August, 1985.


  52. Recalling.


  53. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd: I read that he enjoyed his life.


  54. Act 3


  55. INT. STUDY - NIGHT


  56. Peter is surfing the web with his phone.


  57. PETER (V.O.): Now I know that Yvonne retired in 2016.


  58. Sighing.


  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Are some souls, like my late wife, too beautiful for this world?


  60. Pondering.


  61. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's loss that teaches us about the worth of our lives.


  62. Peter notices something.


  63. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, my old friend's daughter has already become a partner of Yvonne's former firm.


  64. Pausing.


  65. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've no news from them for a long time.


  66. FADE OUT.


  67. THE END


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