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Vol and Cha sat across from each other, with Vol looking fairly distressed.
Then Vol sighed.
“What’s wrong?” Cha asked.
“After the last Meetup, I went home straight without Bad because I was very tired and wanted to rest. And now he’s not happy about it…. Do you think it’s because I love him too much that it bothers me a lot?” Vol replied worriedly.
“I reckon you just LIKE him.” Cha shrugged.
“Oh yeah? But I think I LOVE him!” Vol rebutted, with a slight tone of defiance.
“You cannot even be yourself in front of him! You do care a lot if you were afraid he might be irritated. However, in my opinion, this is only liking someone, not loving.”
“In that case, I LOVE you very much?” Vol asked, raising one eyebrow.
“Of course. Since I love you too, it doesn't bother me if I annoy you.”
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If you like someone, you would fear losing them and thus dare not express your real thoughts and feelings.
But if you love someone, you would want them to know you better, just as you would want to understand them better.
Since a relationship requires a certain amount of mutual trust, you trust that they will not leave you simply because your words may not be what they want to hear.
Only by trusting each other can we both change for the better
And that, I think, is the true meaning of love.
(Translate: Lili; 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.