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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

What's Possible

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1

  3. EXT. COURT HOUSE- 08:30

  4. Cloudy. Stopping at a staircase, PETER captures the scene.

  5. PETER (V.O.): What will happen to my case today?

  6. Pausing.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It was thought by some there was no case. My role now is to prove there's one. It's an uphill struggle.

  8. Pausing.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm well prepared. But no preparation is ever enough. Nothing is sure.

  10. Taking a breath.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Let me start by doing what's necessary.

  12. Peter arrives at the entrance.

  13. Act 2

  14. INT. COURT ROOM - 09:25

  15. Sitting at the bar table, Peter has some discussion with his learned FRIEND.

  16. PETER (V.O.): Since our telephone conversation last Friday, I've been feeling uncomfortable.

  17. Peter then sees his learned friend throwing a pencil at the table.

  18. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): That's another warning bell.

  19. The court is in session. Peter finishes his opening submission.

  20. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): As expected, I'm challenged upfront.

  21. Peter follows his learned friend's opening submission.

  22. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Well, some are irrelevant; others carry little weight.

  23. Peter is reading something aloud.

  24. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I've cooked up the best template on "Agreed Facts".

  25. Pausing.

  26. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): Apart from one typo, it's flawless.

  27. WITNESSES#1 and #2 give evidence respectively.

  28. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): I'm glad that they've come up to proof.

  29. Observing.

  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If I was the judge, I'd rule there's a prima facie case for the other side to answer.

  31. INT. RESTAURANT - 13:30

  32. Peter is having fried noodles.

  33. PETER (V.O.): The court didn't adjourn until 13:15. Let me reward myself for having played my due role in the interim.

  34. Pausing.

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I prosecute. I don't persecute.

  36. INT. COURT ROOM - 15:00

  37. An ACCUSED replies to Peter's cross-examination.

  38. PETER (V.O.): I'm so persuasive that she has agreed to what I put to her.

  39. Peter's learned friend is surprised.

  40. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm confident that I've made out a case that's substantively just and procedurally fair.

  41. The court adjourns.


  43. In a sheet with the caption Case Result, Peter types: Convicted.

  44. PETER (V.O.): Done! Time to check what has happened to my entrepreneurship fund.

  45. Peter sees red numerals and (-1.66%).

  46. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've to work four days to recover the day's loss.

  47. Pausing.

  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The accused has to pay a similar amount for her lawyers' fees.

  49. Pausing.

  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): If I didn't prove the case, the tax payers would have to bear the costs. That was my main stress.

  51. Pausing.

  52. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): So, I'm still very happy.

  53. Act 3

  54. EXT. COURT HOUSE - 17:30

  55. Exiting, Peter sees little rain.

  56. PETER (V.O.): I've an umbrella, but I won't use it.

  57. Pausing.

  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): After a "fight", I need to cool off.

  59. Pausing.

  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've done what's possible!

  61. Peter walks down the stairs.

  62. FADE OUT

  63. THE END

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