A little late, but not a day late, so awesome! Here’s Paige’s Trope of the Week!
There could be a lot of reasons why your side character can’t give this highly important information to the protagonist right now. Maybe she has to go visit her dying aunt for a moment. Maybe she wants to go drink at the bar, thinking the info can wait. But we can guarantee that “I have something to tell you when I get back” is by and large a death sentence for that character.
Why this can be bad: Sometimes this makes sense. Sometimes. But a lot of times, as an audience member, you’re sitting there frustrated not just because this info would help the protag so much, but because it makes absolutely zero sense why the character couldn’t tell the protag right now, especially if it’s of dire importance. Why does the protagonist never ask, “What is it about?” or “Why can’t you tell me now?” And if…
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