Jumping into the recurring motif of “beat-up woobie Patrick” with both feet.

In retrospect, I’m really curious: did any readers see this coming? Either based on other work of mine you’d read, or on Patrick’s general demeanor leading up to it? Or were you caught as off-guard as Bianca and Sparrow?

Human!Spot: There. This is me. Happy now?

Bianca: Sparrow? Can we talk in private for a moment?