But the people who just gained the powers weren't unknown to the people around them.
Neither are people who win the lottery. From what I've hear, things don't always work out so well for them.
I can understand them being scared and uneasy, but I would expect that they would be more in awe.
Awe is a short-lived emotion. Sooner or later, the novelty wears off, and they get back to life as usual. And if they encounter problems that could be solved by their friend's superpowers, the temptation arises to ask them for a favor. And the Differently Powered Individual
helps, but that opens the door to another request, and another, and requests from other friends, friends of friends, etc. Sooner or later, they'll get sick of this new dynamic, but it'll be too late to go back. Sooner or later, somebody will take it the wrong way when one of their requests is refused, and that awe turns to bitter envy. The Differently Powered Individual
gets more and more popular, and so has less and less time for their old friends. Possibly less and less in common with them, if their powers net them fame and fortune. And unless they can read minds *
, there'd be the constant uncertainty about who's sincere and who's just using them. And maybe they choose poorly and end up burning bridges and trusting the wrong people.
Word of mouth about their powers could spread faster and farther than they want. Maybe they don't even want the attention, but people are terrible at keeping big secrets. Someone'll blab sooner or later.
Depending on the nature of the Differently Powered Individual
's powers, their personality could change in ways that mess with their ability to relate to others. With Great Power Comes Great Insanity
is a possibility. Maybe they realize that who they really are
is much different from who they thought they were back when their options were more limited.