Ian places a great deal of importance on his past and on the things that are missing from it – the gaps in his narrative, the father he never knew, and in wishing he could somehow make up for it. He eagerly seeks out all the information he can find about his dad, repeatedly listening to his voice on an old answering machine tape, enjoys wearing his sweater in his honor (“it finally fits”), and undertakes a quest to meet him. He is quite apprehensive about doing new things – such as driving, or making friends, or being bold. He tries to model himself after his father, when he asks his mother “was he always brave?” When given the chance to meet his father, Ian already has a list in his mind of things he wants to do with his dad – normal, sensory things like go for a walk, play ball, and have a heart to heart conversation, showing him “my life.” Ian is a practical boy. When his brother wonders how to get the gemstone, he points out that the freeway is a much faster route to the mountain than Ian’s nutty idea about a curving road. When his magic fails on the gas can, he simply picks it up and goes to find a gas station. He and his brother clash numerous times about how impractical Barley is being. He keeps a checklist of what he wants to do with his dad, frets about keeping time and how much they have left of it (and how much is being wasted), and looks for ways to check things off it. Though emotional, Ian has never told anyone how much he misses not knowing his dad. It takes forever for his true feelings for his brother to leave his lips, and then he has an angry outburst. But more importantly, once Ian thinks about and is able to see the over-reaching pattern of his life (he didn’t have his dad, but he had his brother), his Fi feels fulfilled at last, and he’s able to let go of his desperate need to talk to his dad. Though at first skeptical of magic, and of his brother’s wild enthusiasm for taking the unexplored path, Ian comes to trust it the more he interacts with it, but he still has trouble grasping its abstract nuances.

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Ian is scared of life. It intimidates him. He has to talk himself into being brave, into taking chances, into trusting himself. He doesn’t believe he can do magic. He doesn’t believe he can create an invisible bridge. He blames himself when things go wrong. He’s apprehensive about everything, and wants to be brave. Over the course of the story, he starts to find his self-confidence, to loosen up and have fun, and to assert himself more, but he’s so shy and afraid of rejection, he cannot even make friends at school. He’s so desperate not to upset his brother, he lies about not thinking him a screw-up. Ian’s 5 wing adds to his sense of never feeling ready enough to start living; he’s bookish, withdrawn, and extremely introverted. He longs to be like others, but has to pump himself up before he’ll take chances.