Okay so my guy is from middle ohio, small town, grew up reedy and smart but not the biggest of the brothers. Was out in the fields one day and caught a glimpse of something not quite right moving between the trees. Went to investigate, couldn’t find creature or thing. Began to see glimpses throughout his childhood, especially around his father for some reason. Began to study harder and camp out in the library to try and learn more. Did the regular high school deal, wanted to go further but couldn’t find a way without scholarships and got approved. Hit grad school and realized that all his hard work and effort could vanish because he has to go home to deal with death of father and an attic that no one seems to be able to get into, he begs his best friend to take his placement test in his place. Knowing the risks involved but needing,to know more and go further. He now focuses on the physics and mechanics of cryptozoology. Namely how these magnificent creatures are able to exist and move if they exist.
They were able to get in but they were unable to move most items for unknown reasons. Matt has a mask from the attic in his student apartment now because it stuck with him for some reason (as in couldn’t stop thinking about it) where he lives with his old childhood dog cheddar.