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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

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  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. BATHROOM - 15:00


  4. PETER opens a kit for COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test.


  5. PETER (V.O.): I've just got it from a caring HKUST colleague!


  6. Reading the instruction manual.


  7. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Which sample collection method should I use? The preferred method is deep throat sputum.


  8. Peter inhales deeply and exhales forcefully three times, coughing deep from within his chest.


  9. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I can't produce any sputum. The anterior nares nasal swab specimen method is out, as I'm not trained to do that.


  10. Recalling.


  11. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): The throat and tonsil swab method is the only option then.


  12. Having got the sample with a swab stick, Peter inserts it into a diluent inside a dropper tube, rinses it in a solution with a turning motion and then squeeze drops into a well of a test-cassette.


  13. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): What will be the result?


  14. Act 2


  15. FLASHBACK


  16. INT. INTERVEIW ROOM - 09:30 (Feb 24, 2022)


  17. Wearing double face masks, Peter is interviewing a CLIENT whose face mask doesn't cover fully his nose and mouth.


  18. CLIENT: Can you seek an adjournment of my case?


  19. Peter is wondering.


  20. CLIENT (Cont'd): I had a compulsory COVID-19 testing yesterday. I don't know the result yet.


  21. PETER (V.O.): I had that experience months ago. It took days to know the result.


  22. CLIENT (Cont'd): You can see I'm having a running nose - a COVID-19 symptom.


  23. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): OMG!


  24. PETER: I'll see what I can do.


  25. INT. COURT - 10:30


  26. After a case number and a name are called, Peter stands up to address the court.


  27. PETER: On behalf of my client, I'd like to seek a 2-week adjournment. This is because...


  28. COURT: You confirm you've interviewed the defendant this morning?


  29. PETER: Yes.


  30. PROSECUTION: The prosecution doesn't mind if the case would be adjourned for a longer period.


  31. Court adjourned. Peter and his ASSISTANT exit.


  32. PETER: It was my first time appearing in a criminal court without the presence of my defendant client.


  33. Pausing.


  34. PETER (Cont'd): While possible contamination of the court room and other personnel is prevented, we have talked to our defendant client.


  35. ASSISTANT: I'm very worried about that.


  36. PETER: But we had a job to do.


  37. INT. MALL - 13:00


  38. Peter walks past a barbecue beef restaurant.


  39. PETER (V.O.): I'm not trying it today. If I got a sore throat later, I wouldn't know if it's a COVID-19 symptom or not.


  40. INT. FLAT#1 - 22:00


  41. Peter and his WIFE are engaging in a serious conversation.


  42. WIFE: Would you mind if you sleep alone in our other unit? I've a court case to prepare next week.


  43. PETER: Sure. We do have to take good care of ourselves during pandemic times.


  44. INT. FLAT#2 - 23:00


  45. Peter prepares his bed.


  46. PETER (V.O.): My wife yearns for a large flat. I prefer separate small units.


  47. Pausing.


  48. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): We've never factored in my preference's flexibility during pandemic times.


  49. RETURN TO PRESENT


  50. Act 3


  51. INT. BATHROOM - 15 MINUTES LATER


  52. Peter continues to study the Antigen Rapid Test instruction manual.


  53. PETER (V.O.): A red band is negative. Two is positive.


  54. Peter focuses on the test cassette.


  55. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I can see one red band only! Negative!


  56. Immediately, Peter sends a What's App message and gets a feedback.


  57. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): My wife is very pleased with the result.


  58. Peter checks messages in another chat group.


  59. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Oh, a caring chambermate I talked to days ago has just tested COVID-19 positive.


  60. Peter types on his response.


  61. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I've got to let him know my result so that he doesn't have to worry about me during convalescence.


  62. FADE OUT


  63. THE END








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