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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Square One

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1

  3. INT. BATH CUBICLE - 20:30

  4. PETER is bathing.

  5. PETER (V.O.): I feel so natural and good.

  6. Pausing.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Have I made today my lucky day?


  9. INT. STUDY - 09:00

  10. Peter is checking his computers.

  11. PETER (V.O.): The sticky key in my old computer is still typing endlessly, corrupting my files.

  12. Thinking.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In drafting a domain name decision, I'm going back to square one.

  14. Act 2


  16. Peter works on his laptop.

  17. PETER (V.O.): Yesterday, I meant to dispose of a task. I spent eight hours drafting. something. But in the evening, I got new instructions.

  18. Pausing.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm having to start all over again.

  20. Pausing.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Not only that, I've promised to deliver my stuff after lunch today.

  22. Reading, researching and typing.

  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If there's no hiccup, I should be able to deliver on time.

  24. Peter is checking a screen icon.

  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Is there a quick way to cut and paste?

  26. Peter clicks a go-back arrow icon and then looks shocked.

  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): OMG, what is on screen was the draft I began working on hours ago!

  28. Peter checks screen icons.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But there's no go-forward arrow icon to click.

  30. Having done some research with his smartphone, Peter clicks the icons of File Manager and Unsaved Files. .

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I don't have any unsaved files. What has happened to the draft that I've worked on for several hours?

  32. Peter makes a call but nobody answers.

  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My wife is busy. Let me ask my son.

  34. Peter then engages in a short phone conversation.

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I know remote help on IT matters is difficult.

  36. Taking a deep breath.

  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Let me try again, accepting that I may be going back to square one again.

  38. Peter does a few clicks and then looks happy.

  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, I believe I've refreshed my stuff and my current draft re-appears!

  40. Putting hand to heart.

  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm so lucky! Let me tell my son.

  42. Having sent a message, Peter continues to focus on his work.

  43. EXT. MTR TRAIN - 16:30

  44. Peter checks his investment list.

  45. PETER (V.O.): Oh, it's a falling stock market. My investment has gone back to square one.

  46. INT. CHAMBERS - 17:30

  47. Peter chats with a FRIEND (71).

  48. PETER: How're your knees?

  49. FRIEND: Not too bad. They can never be good.

  50. Peter nods.


  52. Act 3


  54. Peter is bathing.

  55. PETER (V.O.): This evening, I swam just a little as I had an attack of cramp.

  56. Peter takes a look of himself.

  57. PETER (V.O.): Now, I meet myself back where I started. I've been reasonably lucky.

  58. Finishing, Peter puts on his shorts and shirt.

  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Swimming makes me physically stronger - at least my back pain has gone.

  60. Peter picks up his bags.

  61. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In the end, things fall in their right places - back to square one.

  62. Peter opens the door.

  63. FADE OUT

  64. THE END

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