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HELLO, WHAT IS YOUR NAME AND HOW OLD ARE YOU?
Bolin gives a bright smile. “Well hello there! My name’s Bolin and I’m eighteen years old.” He reaches forward and firmly shakes the speaker’s hand. “Nice to meet you! What’s your name?” He tilts his head curiously.
NICE, CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT YOUR CHILDHOOD?
He blinks. “Wow right to business eh? Okay well, I was born to my father, San who was from the Earth Kingdom; and my mother, Naoki who was from the Fire Nation. Pretty cool huh? From what I remember, they were very loving parents….but to be honest I was very young when they were taken from me. I was six and Mako was eight when a firebender mugged and killed. My brother and I didn’t have anyone else..so he was forced to grow up pretty fast and take up that parent role. We lived on the streets for a while and ran a little scam to help make an income. Granted, I really didn’t understand what were were doing. Mako...he really sheltered me from how bad it really was. He never let me go hungry, and always made sure we had somewhere to sleep. I can never thank him enough for giving up his childhood so that I could have one.” Bolin sighs and rubs at his eyes. “Anyways...we also did some bookwork for the Triple Threat Triad who are these criminals who like to bully people...especially non-benders. We really didn’t do any of that...but I was pretty happy to move on from that. Mako founded our old pro bending team, the fire ferrets! Probending had always been something that he and I would do together to take our minds off our day job. We both had a fascination with that style of bending and would often have play fights with each other. I never imagined that one day we’d find ourselves as apart of one of the teams! But we did, and we were able to convince the owner of the arena to allow us to sleep in the attic so long as we gave him earnings from our winnings. So, yeah I have been through some things as a kid that weren’t exactly great. But through it all, I had Mako; which is more than some. I also don’t really dwell on the past and prefer to look at the world with a positive outlook.” He shrugs slightly. “Not that I mind talking about my past or anything. It helped shaped me as much as anything else.”
I’M SORRY TO HEAR THAT. WHAT ARE YOUR LIKES?
Bolin gives a softer smile now. “Aww, it’s alright. Like I said, I had Mako to help me through our past. Oh boy...I like so many things! We could be here forever...how about I just name a few?” He tilts his head and nods in agreement with himself. “Alright so first of all I love to eat! And I don’t just mean sweets, although I never will turn down sweets.” He winks and gives a laugh. “But I am always willing to try new foods at least once! I’m learning how to cook a little more now that I’m on my own. Secondly, I love to meet new people. I’ve never been a shy guy at all and in fact I probably am a little too trusting...but I don’t know I just have always have thought the best of people and I enjoy expanding myself. Thirdly-and this goes hand in hand with meeting new people-I love parties. I wouldn’t say I like super crazy-everyone-gets drunk or does tons of drugs kinds of parties; but dancing, music, and yes maybe some drinking are things I enjoy. Forthly, I love being the center of attention. My brother never really liked being mobbed by fans once we made a name for ourselves in the probending world, but having fans was something that meant a lot to me. I won’t lie; I like to show off and I like feeling like what I can do is good enough. Lastly, I love to help others. I don’t need to get anything out of it or anything...though it always makes me feel good to know I’ve made someone else feel good. I just like to do things for others. My brother has said I am a first-responder...and I guess if I had lived a different life maybe I would have done something like that? There’s no way to know. But I mean...I would do anything for the people I care about. And I will do what I can for those I don’t know at all.”
WHAT ARE YOUR DISLIKES?
Bolin sticks his tongue out slightly. “It’s weird...it’s hard to talk about the things we don’t like. I guess...that’s why we don’t like them yeah? Or maybe it’s just me...do you feel like that?” … “Riiiight okay guess it’s just me here.” He sheepishly rubs the back of his neck. “First of all...I don’t really like being alone. It’s not that it’s a fear of mine per say...I just don’t like the feeling I get when I’m alone. Maybe because it’s quiet? I don’t know...I just prefer to be surrounded by others. Secondly, I hate feeling useless or not good enough. I wish I could tell you where that stems from but I’m someone who prefers to be called upon in times of crisis? Maybe because I don’t think I should be overlooked just because I’m like the one Earthbender that can’t metalbend? I don’t know...I just know I don’t like that feeling. Thirdly, I don’t like it when my friends fight. I just don’t do well because I hate the pressure of choosing a side. I try to calm things down if I can. Otherwise I just feel really awkward. Fourthly-and this kind of ties in to my friends fighting-but I also don’t like keeping secrets from others. This isn’t to say that I can’t be trusted or that if it’s life-threatening that I won’t keep a secret. It’s just...I don’t like to lie. For example, I couldn’t really lie to Asami when she asked if I knew anything about Mako and Korra while Mako was still dating Asami. I didn’t tell her the truth because I wanted to hurt her or Mako. I just couldn’t keep the secret I knew from her. Lastly, I can’t stand it when someone hurts someone that I care about. Although I prefer to be friends with everyone...if you hurt someone I love I will protect them with everything that I have.”
WHO ARE THREE IMPORTANT PEOPLE TO YOU?
Bolin laughs. “Well obviously, I’m going to have to talk about the rest of team avatar version two. I mean sure we split up after Korra defeated Amon BUT they still mean a lot to me. First there’s my older brother, Mako. He and I couldn’t be more different despite being siblings. But like I said, he really took charge when our parents died. He became mom and dad despite only being a child himself. I mean he was always a little bit more serious and guarded then I was in general, but our parent’s death really fortified that part of him. Mako can also be more hot-headed then I am..no pun intended!” He gives the speaker a cheesy grin. “But I mean, Mako is the strongest person that I know, and always puts all of himself into everything he does. He loved probending for the actual bending aspect too; not really the adoring fan aspect. But Mako’s a very private person and I tried to be the main person to address the press when we were probending. Mako has always been very confident about himself and his abilities. He also always seemed so sure of himself. I honestly was surprised when he grew so fickle about Korra and Asami...but Mako’s probably worse when it comes to romance than I am. I didn’t agree with him kissing Korra while he was dating Asami nor did I think it was cool that he didn’t formally break up with Asami before dating Korra. I honestly don’t know where they all are at with that whole thing anymore. But all in all, Mako is my brother. I will always love him and support him, even if I don’t always agree.
Secondly there is Korra. I was taken by her from the moment I met her. She was so strong and sure of herself too. I thought she was a pretty fast learner when I showed her some of the pro bending moves and I had no doubt she’d make a great addition to our team despite having never been in a pro bending match. To be honest, I had a little crush on her at first. I couldn’t help it. She was just so down-to-earth and she had a belching contest with me. I was also hurt when I realized that she had a crush on Mako who didn’t even like her at first. But, I got over it pretty fast..I’m just someone that forgives and forgets pretty easily. Plus, being a friend of Korra isn’t a bad thing! I like knowing that she sees me as someone she can count on. And even if there were times she doubted herself, I never doubted her. Korra is amazing and will always be my avatar no matter what.
Lastly, there’s Asami. She met Mako when she almost ran him over on her motorcycle. He didn’t know it at the time, but she is the daughter of Hiroshi Sato; who is the owner of Future Industries. Which meant that she was loaded! Her father even sponsored the Fire Ferrets for our last probending match. Unfortunately the Equalists; who were people who believed that people who controlled the elements bullied them and used their elements to rule over those who didn’t needed to be squashed; destroyed the arena. We also found out that Asami’s father was a member of the Equalists. She took it pretty hard and even fought against her father. I can’t imagine how hard that was for her. But Asami is tough, and she kicks butt. She’s also super beautiful and I hope that she’ll find someone...not that I’m saying she doesn’t deserve Mako’s love less than Korra or anything. I want them all to be happy. I don’t really know how she sees me, but I’d like to think that she misses being apart of our team too.”
WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF AND DO YOU HAVE INSECURITIES?
Bolin huffs. “Please, nothing scares me!” His pet fire fox, Pabu suddenly jumps up onto his shoulder. “AHH!!” He jumps. “Oh, Pabu it’s just you!” He gently grabs the fire fox under his arms and pouts. “You know daddy doesn’t like that.” Pabu just blinks back at him. “Okay...so there are some things...but…” His heart is pounding as his memories take him back to when he was tied up on Amon’s stage. Watching in horror as Amon took someone’s bending from them right in front of his very eyes. If Korra and Mako hadn’t come...Bolin shook his head. “I’d rather not put them into words. As for insecurities…” He blinks as he pulls Pabu close, stroking his fur. “I’m not...the best at reading people.” His cheeks turn red. “Especially when it comes to romantic things. I mean...I love to flirt..but when someone likes me back? I don’t always see it. I also usually can’t tell if someone is lying to me. I just always assume they mean well...which I know isn’t true.” Bolin sighs. “It also bothers me that I have never been able to metalbend. It seems most earthbenders can! Especially great ones. And I always thought I was great? But if I can’t metal bend...I must not be as great as I think...and I don’t know.” He ducks his head slightly. “Can we talk about something else?”
WHAT ARE YOUR BEST TRAITS?
He blows his lips together and gives a big smile. “All of them of course!” He laughs. “Okay, okay calm down. I’ll be serious. First of all, I think it’s pretty obvious but I’m super friendly? I just have always been this way. Never shy or afraid to start a conversation with strangers. I am also pretty strong. Granted, I have been working out for a long time and I still like to keep in shape. See all this? Yeah it’s all muscle” He rubs at one of his biceps, which is rather large. “And it came from a lot of hard work! Okay hmm...oh yes. I’m a very loyal and protective person. While I prefer to love all the time...the people I care about always; always come first. But I think I said that before. I am also very optimistic! I just prefer to see the world as a good place full of good people. Yes, I know bad people exist. But I don’t really let it get me down. I also have a pretty wicked sense of humor...though Mako says sometimes my jokes are annoying. I also love with my entire self...very much the romantic who loves to buy his girlfriend flowers and candy...the works! Oh and yes, I am pretty comfortable in my own skin.” He nods and lets Pabu go back to his shoulder.
WHAT ARE YOUR WORST TRAITS?
He snorts. “What’s with you and talking about the bad things? Okay...I mean I know they exist in me. I’m not that conceited...but ehhh whyyyyy.” He whines, pouting slightly. “Fine. I guess I just showed you that I can be childish sometimes. I also don’t really know...about a lot of things. Naive? Is that the right word? I mean I have faced some hard times..but there is still stuff I haven’t experienced like drugs and sex. I also have had a problem with jealousy in the past...regarding Mako. Look, I know he’s amazing. It’s just I wanted Korra to see me as amazing too and she picked Mako...and I was jealous and hurt. Maybe that’s petty too I don’t know. I also...am gullible...I tend to take people at their word and I’m way too trusting sometimes. But that’s why I’m glad I have always had Mako. He’s always come to my rescue and has been the person that grounded me. But now I’m on my own. I think I’ll be okay...but I know I need to work on guarding myself better. Phew. I’m sure there’s more...but those are the worst things about me that I can think of.”
DO YOU HAVE ANY POWERS?
Bolin laughs. “Why yes, I do! Like I said, I’m an earthbender. This means that I can manipulate the very earth. Ground, rocks, I can make it do anything I want. My usual style has always been pro bending which is a little different than free-style. I make these disks and chuck them at my opponent to try to knock them off or use them to defend from an attack as well. These days I don’t really probend...so I guess I’m back to freestyle which is basically means I can use any ground or rock to achieve my needs.”
WHAT ARE SOME GOALS OR HOPES THAT YOU HAVE?
“I think the main goal I have is to meet up with the rest of team Avatar. I haven’t even seen Mako since we all went our separate ways. Korra’s probably training with Tenzin...Asami...I don’t know. Maybe she went to work on her relationship with her father? As for Mako, last I heard, he was a police officer. But why he wouldn’t check in with me is unclear. I hope he’s okay. As for me? I hope that I can keep doing well. Maybe meet someone? Fall in love...yeah, that’d be pretty nice. Honestly, I’m a pretty flexible person so...whatever happens, happens.”
WHAT IS YOUR OCCUPATION?
Bolin smiles. “Welp I actually am a security for hire..so not exactly for one person or company at the moment. But, I’d totally be willing to settle down if I meet the right match.”
THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME!