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We all put up walls - vulnerability is a universal struggle.
Unfortunately, showing emotion has a stigma attached to it. If we confess our
true feelings, people often think we're showing weakness. This is why the
ending moments of Tales of the Abyss with Luke and Tear succeed. It captures
how, even when we try so hard to hide our emotions, our true feelings can take
the wheel. Sometimes the defining moments in stories are when a character just
can't hold back anymore.
Spoiler Warning: This feature will now go into more detail
about the ending of Tales of the Abyss
While many people think of Abyss as Luke's story, it's also
just as much Tear's. Luke has spent his life a noble trapped at Fon Fabre
manor, and he's been spoiled most of his life. Tear is a sergeant for an
intelligence division, who lost her parents when she just a baby. Tear tries to
focus on being a soldier and not on letting her emotions surface. While Luke
learns to grow beyond his selfishness, Tear learns how to finally open to
something; the best part is Tear's acceptance of her feelings and her bravery
to acknowledge them.
Talking about Abyss' overall plot could be an article in
itself, so I'll keep the premise brief: Luke is destined to fill a prophecy to
bring "unprecedented prosperity" to the world. But it's when Tear enters his
life that his when true destiny is set ablaze. So it should be no surprise that
the pivotal moment has Luke risking his life to save the world and doing it
without the group by his side.
Before all the party members leave Luke to his dangerous
mission, each gives their parting words, knowing this could be their last
engagement with Luke. But it's the last interaction that sticks out most, as
Tear runs forward then turns her back and clenches her chest. She doesn't want
to confront the possibility she may lose Luke, but then she turns and blurts
out, "Come home!" It's when she continues that her shaky voice accurately
depicts her desperation; something previously she'd refuse to show. "You have
to come home. You have to! I'll be waiting...always." Luke then promises her
that he will come back. She turns and walks away, but just before she leaves,
she lowers her voice and says, "I love you" to Luke.
This one last revelation said it all and so much about Luke
and Tear's growth as not only individuals, but also together. These two
different people started this journey together, one completely self-absorbed,
the other avoiding emotions. The disdain between the two slowly morphed into
love as both grew into better versions of themselves.
Tear being the first to utter love is a big step for her,
especially since she's so used to losing the people she cares about most. Her
confession is especially important because she just lost her brother and knows
that she may lose Luke as well. However, instead of pushing down the pain, she
lets it show, sparking one of the most heartfelt moments in the game.
Vulnerability isn't the worst attribute and every now and then embracing it can
prove just how human you are.
See the scene below. It starts at 3:47 and ends at 4:21.
Video credit: Youtube user BlitzMage
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