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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

The Truth

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1

  3. EXT. STREETS - 07:50

  4. Walking towards a bus stop, PETER sees a public light bus leaving.

  5. PETER (V.O.): If it left at 07:50 sharp from the terminal, I should be able to get on board at it's first stop.

  6. Peter walks towards the a bus terminal.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): At the terminal, I can secure a seat.

  8. Inside a public light bus at the terminal, Peter stares at a digital clock that is close to the DRIVER.

  9. PETER (V.O.): I believe that the driver will set off before 08:00

  10. At 07:59, the driver drives away, as a WOMAN walking towards it looks perplexed.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The truth is that the driver can't wait.

  12. As the public light bus stops at a traffic light, the woman knocks on the door and it opens.

  13. DRIVER: Get on quick!

  14. Act 2

  15. INT. COURT - 11:00

  16. A WITNESS is being cross-examined. We hear: Traffic accidents are small matters to us. Our public light buses are insured.

  17. PETER (V.O.): Ah, my witness speaks his mind.

  18. The JUDGE takes a look at Peter.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In re-examination, I'll make him say he did drive with due care and attention.

  20. INT. CHA CHAAN TENG - 13:15

  21. Seated in a 4-person table, Peter is having screen time.

  22. PETER (V.O.): Oh a pharmaceutical stock I recently invested has lost over 22% of its value in one day.

  23. Pausing.

  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Can its business model suddenly gone wrong?

  25. Surfing the web, Peter reads an article.

  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh it's business prospect in US has become uncertain, an aspect of investment truth.

  27. Two MEN then share Peter's table.

  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's lunch time.

  29. As Peter is having his fried noodles, he overhears the men talking.

  30. MAN#1: Oh, my god!

  31. MAN#2: What's the matter?

  32. MAN#1: I'm recommended to do a COVID-19 testing as I've frequented a certain premises.

  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Is that right?

  34. MAN#1: At the critical time, I wasn't there, but I didn't tap the Leave icon of the tracing App in time.

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I hope he's telling the truth.

  36. INT. COURT - 16:30

  37. Packing the files and papers, Peter and his ASSISTANT leave.

  38. PETER (V.O.): The defendant was smart in opting not to give evidence.

  39. Pausing.

  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I didn't have the opportunity to do my cross-examination to reveal more the probable truth.

  41. Pausing.

  42. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've no problem with the presumption of innocence though.

  43. Recalling.

  44. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I had another case which was adjourned just because a witness's probable encounter with a COVID-19 carrier.

  45. Thinking.

  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For public health matters, the presumption is very different.

  47. Pausing.

  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The truth is: a public health mistake made can be very punishing to all.

  49. Pausing.

  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): And life doesn't always give us second chances.

  51. Act 3

  52. EXT. STREETS - 18:30

  53. Walking past an installation art, Peter captures an image featuring the numeral 2.

  54. PETER (V.O.): In one stance today, I still wrote 2021.

  55. Pausing.

  56. .

  57. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): When 2022 began, I predicted that people would continue to write 2021 for sometime.

  58. Pausing.

  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I don't know if people like living a lie; but I'm experiencing the truth.

  60. FADE OUT

  61. THE END

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