SailorPtah wrote:Why is nobody crafting multiparagraph theories about him, huh? Will nobody think of the poor library-tripper?
I'm going to do this, just to show I can. But mainly because it's fun.
Theory 1: Random patron. (Uninteresting. Moving on.)
Theory 2: A library regular, perhaps someone from Bianca's past. We honestly don't know much about Bianca at this point beyond a couple of her hobbies, her profession, and that she's a consummate "nice person" approaching levels of Belldandy. Featuring someone who knows her other than Sparrow (Tim doesn't really know her) would open the door more to the main character. This splits into another theory...
Theory 2b: Library regular, but because he knows Bianca from college. We know she was involved in LGBQT stuff in college (I think that's how she and Sparrow met?), so maybe they met through that route? Her major was apparently library science, so maybe another person from that?
And consider if, under Theores 2a and 2b, what if the guy doesn't know she's a Drag King in her spare time? Many segments of the African-American community still have a significant amount of intolerance to alternative lifestyles (it's how Prop 8 passed in CA), so it'd be interesting to see her interact with this. Then again, she may not identify as an "African-American" if her parents are recent immigrants, so that may not have much bearing on her. This is another aspect of her background we don't know yet, but would be interesting to have revealed. And the mysterious stranger in the library can be the key!
Theory 3: Creepy stalker! Always fun to have one of those in the story. Bianca may or may not suspect something, but that guy always knows when she's on shift. He's always at the library at those hours. He knows where she lives, but because that's online. He's waiting for the right moment to bump into her on the street, all casual. Maybe save her from some tough guys. (Fun, but unlikely.)
I think it's more interesting to think of why he tripped. Was it just an accident? Or did Patrick cause it? It certainly seems that way. "Someone is talking to my master and making her not pay attention to me. ZAP! Bad luck curse!" I'm wondering how much of their powers is based on probability manipulation. It might be an indirect way for them to harm humans, as well as their method for keeping people from being harmed.