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There exist a number of theories pertaining to the existence of Socks Maybe. The most common understanding of Socks Maybe is a normal, if extremely grumpy-looking, housecat that is white with black spots. The exact number of black spots on Socks is unknown, as occasionally they are not a black-and-white cat at all, but a ginger tabby, calico, or Russian blue.
Occasionally, they are seen wearing a collar with Kirby on it. Sometimes, they wear Baby Triumphant’s socks, but only the ones made of natural, non-animal fibers. Very rarely, they wear a denim jacket.
It is generally agreed that Thomas Kirby, former member of the Firefighters, ran into a burning building to save a cat. Upon Kirby’s incineration, this cat was turned over to the care of the Firefighters, as Kirby had willed his position on the team to his cat. What the cat was named prior to Kirby’s incineration remains unclear.
Multiple Firefighters admit to confusion regarding the origin of Maybe’s name. Some suggest that Maybe’s collar had a tag that could be read as ‘SOCKS,’ if one tilted their head and squinted. Others suggest that Declan Suzanne, having retrieved the cat from Kirby’s home, asked for name suggestions. According to this story, Rivers Rosa suggested “Sox, maybe,” which some believe to be a joke but others vehemently deny on account of Rivers having ‘less than no sense of humor.’ When Declan took the cat to the veterinarian, he could not recall exactly what Rivers had said, but nevertheless the cat’s name got recorded as “Socks, maybe?”
It has also been suggested that Socks Maybe got its name on account of already being named Socks, but the Firefighters could not keep track of the original Socks Maybe, and so continually scoop the nearest cat off the street, put a firefighter’s helmet on it, and tell it to play blaseball. The Firefighters’ inability to keep track of whether or not any individual cat is Socks has led to them calling all cats “Socks, Maybe.”
Socks Maybe has a tenuous relationship with most of the Firefighters. Regardless of whether Socks Maybe is one cat or many, they hold a bitter hatred for everyone except Baby Triumphant, Goobie Ballson, and Joshua Butt. They perhaps hate Declan Suzanne, Wesley Poole, and Rivers Rosa most of all.