Obnoxious, Offensive, Egomaniac, Etc
Don was rude. Don was also a brilliant mathematician who would eventually work with a team to develop the equation to maximize the energy output of batteries that would revolutionize technology and take the first major step toward travel to exoplanets. Before that he would have to go on a more personal journey to learn that his math wouldn’t always satisfy his colleagues, that a more amenable attitude would take him farther. He slowly came to rely on a warm hand more often than a cold shoulder and appreciated the value of the bonds forged through his new temperament, but the final crack in his shell came from the afternoons spent with his new assistant, Abigail.