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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?


  8. FLASHBACK


  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


  15. INT. STUDY - CONTINUOUS


  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.


  51. RETURN TO PRESENT


  52. Act 3


  53. INT. BATH CUBICLE - CONTINUOUS


  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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