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Cha ：What’s been up recently？
Vol : Bad’s been MIA...
Cha : He’s been busy, don’t worry too much.
Vol : Right.
Cha : You wanna take a walk?
Vol : No, I think I wanna stay here for a bit …
(Sits down and looks at their pictures on his phone)
Cha : Ok, I’ll be over there, holler if you need me.
(Char sits down silently, leaving three seats between Vol and himself.)
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An attraction can happen in a heartbeat,
but it takes a lifetime for a heart to move on.
Neglect, apathy, insecurity, coldness
An argument is better than this slow death of avoidance.
Why do we choose to keep giving to this lost cause of
searching for a heartbeat and maintaining it?
Perhaps it’s this thing called the heart,
whether it being dead or still beating
that lets us know that we do still exist?
Everyone gets lost in different things;
And when you’re lost in the maze of a relationship,
Sometimes it’s not that you don’t have the answers…
But maybe we just don’t want to exit?
We’ve got the map, but we refuse to head to the fire escape,
choosing instead to wait for death in the thick smoke.
You may think it’s stupid,
But that’s what many people choose to do.
Communication is the key to keep the heart beating.
(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.