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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.



  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.


  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.


  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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