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Once, Vol realized he had not seen Bad in a long time.
So he reached out to Bad on social media: “Dude, wanna hang out?”
Bad: “Dude I’m busy, some things have cropped up, haven’t got the time to hang out.”
Vol: “Ok … Well, how are you doing?”
Bad: “Not too shabby. How about you?”
Back and forth like this for a while
And still no plans were made.
In the photos of Baddie’s travels with their mutual friends shared on social media.
The landscape is beautiful.
But Vol isn’t in them.
Perhaps, Volt thinks, Baddie is just practicing polite rejection?
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The Internet has made our lives better.
But it has also made it possible for us to hurt others unintentionally.
When you finally bridge the gap of the meaning between the lines.
Perhaps the wisest thing to do
is to quietly take your leave
to maintain this uneasy balance.
(Translate: Liting; Edit: Alexis.; Illustration: Kurtis)
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Introduction to characters
Vol sheds rays of sunshine and is very caring, but, on the other hand, vulnerable at times. He tends to be fickle when it comes to interest in things. He is generally optimistic but gets disappointed easily. He is highly emotionally dependent on his relationship with Cha.
Cha is gloomy, calm and rather indifferent. His main focus is Volts’ emotions. Cha is a man of remarkably few words, but a man of action and shows Volts great affection. He puts a lot of effort in making Volts happy and is also highly dependent on Volts.
Bad tends to judge things from a mundane point of view and is a man of mischief. He’s young, handsome, radiant and humorous. You can find every desirable, charismatic trait in him. But all human beings have flaws. He doesn’t seem to understand nor does he seem to relate to others. Just like many others that hurt other people’s feelings without even noticing it.
Brief dialogues from the three of them symbolize our daily lives. Cold words and harsh actions that are harmful to others can be seen every single day. By way of this short dialogue, we’re able to remind ourselves to be faced with these hurtful matters via a more optimistic point of view. In the meantime, we’re able to push ourselves to pay extra attention to people around us.
The characters Volts and Charles in The Tales of Vol, Cha and Bad are actually reflections of my personal image. The two of them symbolize the inner side and the outer appearances of me. We disguise ourselves with an image to put ourselves in a comfort zone. But, in the meantime, we’re also seeking a corner to rest and to get along with our inner self. That’s the image embedded in this tale.