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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

A Success Story

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. SITTING ROOM - 09:00


  4. PETER sees his WIFE off.


  5. PETER (V.O.): She drives herself to work. I can work at home.


  6. Having studied some emails attachments, Peter types something on his smartphone.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Done!


  8. Peter checks the time.

  9. .

  10. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The stock market has already started trading.


  11. Peter focuses on his smartphone screen.


  12. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, the Alibaba stock price has risen to $176. I should alert my wife.


  13. Peter sends a message.


  14. Act 2


  15. FLASHBACK


  16. INT. DINING ROOM - NIGHT (Oct 4, 2021)


  17. Peter and his wife chat over dinner.


  18. PETER (V.O.): Every time after I bought a lot of Alibaba shares, the price would go down.


  19. Pausing.


  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've bought 7 lots on different days already. I'll bid for my 8th lot tomorrow.


  21. His wife's thinking.


  22. INT. DINING ROOM - NIGHT (Oct, 5, 2021)


  23. Peter and his wife chat over dinner.


  24. PETER: I've bought my cheapest Alibaba lot at $132.


  25. WIFE: I've also bought at that price.


  26. PETER: Is that right?


  27. Pausing.


  28. PETER (Cont'd): If the price rises, you may capitalize the profit to pay for the new iPadMini that you want to buy.


  29. RETURN TO PRESENT


  30. Peter checks a message.


  31. PETER (V.O.): You've already sold your Alibaba lot? Well done!


  32. Peter types his reply.


  33. EXT. GOLDEN COAST - 12:00-13:00


  34. Towing a green swim buoy, Peter is swimming with the waves.


  35. PETER (V.O.): With the buoy behind me, I'm enjoying this rocking and rolling in the sea!


  36. Pausing.


  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's also like the ups and downs of the stock market.


  38. INT. PETER'S NT HOME - 17:00


  39. Putting aside his smartphone, Peter lies down on the sofa.


  40. PETER (V.O.): For the past couple of weeks, I've been having a new 9-5 routine - all about my stock investment.


  41. Pausing.


  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I plan what stocks to buy; I do my stock orders; I check stock performance; and I take corrective actions.


  43. Pausing.


  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): So far, it seems that my predictive power is pretty stable.


  45. Later, while decluttering, Peter sees two small boxes.


  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): What's inside?


  47. Opening one, Peter sees a rolled-up photo. Opening another, another photo.


  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): They captured moments of success.


  49. Peter then takes a look of a certificate inside a shelf.


  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That's my wife's professional diploma. I suggested to her to make a career change.


  51. Pausing.


  52. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Sometimes, she'd complain that she had to study law while having my babies.


  53. Act 3


  54. INT. LIFT LOBBY - 20:00


  55. While waiting for the lift, Peter feels a hand on his shoulder. His wife appears, carry bags.


  56. PETER: What food have you bought? Something to celebrate?


  57. His wife smiles.

  58. INT. SITTING ROOM - 21:00


  59. Peter's wife works behind a laptop.


  60. WIFE: I'm going to order for an iPadMini. It won't be available until mid Nov.


  61. PETER: When you get it, you've also got a success story to tell.


  62. Thinking.


  63. PETER (V.O.): In every success story, someone has made a smart decision and follow through diligently.


  64. FADE OUT


  65. THE END






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