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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Short End of the Stick

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDY - 10:30


  4. PETER is reading text on his smartphone screen.


  5. PETER (V.O.): "Short end of the stick?" What does this idiom mean?


  6. Peter surfs the web.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If one get's the short end of the stick, one is in a worse position than others in a particular situation although it isn't one's fault.


  8. Pausing.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The author of the text is a very successful entrepreneur but is having a life-ending illness.


  10. Pausing.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): On the question whether health is wealth, he wrote that he'd give all his money away in exchange for health.


  12. Act 2


  13. EXT. PARK - 14:15


  14. Jogging, Peter stops in front a pool of water. .


  15. PETER (V.O.): The fallen leaves and the water reflection appeal to my sense.


  16. Peter stares at the reflections of Y-shaped branches.


  17. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Days ago, I responded to a Quora answer request. It's about something that was around when I was a kid but no longer exists.


  18. Pausing.


  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd):That something was a slingshot.


  20. FLASHBACK


  21. EXT. HUNG SHUI KIU - AFTERNOON (1962)


  22. Uniformed PUPILS including Peter (8) are walking towards a Zebra crossing. PUPIL#1 shows off a Y-shaped slingshot.


  23. PETER: Wow, the Y-shaped frame is so symmetrical.


  24. PUPIL#1: I can shoot any birds accurately with my slingshot.


  25. EXT. TIN SUM SAN TSUEN - AFTERNOON


  26. Peter is searching under the trees.


  27. PETER (V.O.): There aren't any fallen Y-shaped branches.


  28. Looking up.


  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Cutting a strong one above is hard.


  30. END FLASHBACK


  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I did cut a Y-shape stick, but it wasn't good.


  32. Recalling.


  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The upside of that was that I couldn't harm any birds with my slingshot.


  34. Recalling.


  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Years ago, when I saw a modern slingshot in a Japanese toy shop, I couldn't help but buy one to satisfy myself in the end.


  36. Pausing.


  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Having shared my story in Quora, a Quoran from afar responded and thought my story was great.


  38. Pausing.


  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): He wrote that he got a perfect Y-shape stick and shot with round pebbles for accuracy.


  40. Pausing.


  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): He added that he didn't harm any birds, but did break a window accidentally.


  42. Pausing.


  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Walking down the memory lane, I couldn't believe we'd run into each other.


  44. Thinking.


  45. PETER (V.O)(Cont'd): Aging is like getting life's short end of the stick.


  46. Pausing.


  47. PETER (V.O)(Cont'd): Those who couldn't live with COVID-19 also get the short end of the stick.


  48. Sighing, Peter takes a photo before moving on.


  49. Act 3


  50. INT. STUDY - 20:00


  51. Peter is watching TV images depicting coffins.


  52. PETER (V.O.): May the dead continue to live in the minds of those who are left behind.


  53. Pausing.


  54. PETER (V.O)(Cont'd): I'd continue to add years to life and life in years, while I still can.


  55. Pausing.


  56. PETER (V.O)(Cont'd): Living in Hong Kong before and after 1997, I've got both the short and long ends of the stick.


  57. Pausing.


  58. PETER (V.O)(Cont'd): The key for all is to spend wisely our only true capital - time.


  59. FADE OUT


  60. THE END















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