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Once, Cha was having one of those busy days at work.
Bad came by their desk. “Cha, what are you so busy with?”
“That project proposal that’s due the day after tomorrow. I have to finish the draft by tonight.” Cha replied.
“Do you need my help?” said Bad.
“Really? If you’re free tomorrow, could you help me cross-check some of these figures?”
“Sure thing.” said Bad. “I have the day off tomorrow, I will definitely come by and help you!”
The next day, Cha cross-checked the figures and completed the proposal, while Bad enjoyed his day off, completely forgetting his promise to help.
The following day …
“Were you busy yesterday, Bad?”
“Nope, why do you ask?” Bad suddenly remembered.
“Ah! I totally forgot! I am so sorry!” Bad exclaimed.
Cha laughed. “It’s ok, I managed to complete it on my own.”
Cha never asked Bad for help ever again.
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Our carelessness can sometimes break the trust of others
No matter how trivial it may be to us.
Even if they smile and say “It’s Ok.”,
In their hearts they have decided that they can no longer trust you.
Promises are sacred.
Don’t make cheap promises.
Honor your word when you have given it.
For if might be hard to restore the trust after a carelessly broken promise.
(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.