The Librarian was a mountain. I had never known a larger person in my life. With wide shoulders and arms like mountain roots, none of the books were beyond his grasp. Occasionally he stood on a small step stool to reach the very top of the shelves for dusting. The stool always creaked and everyone always stepped away from it. I didn’t worry about him falling. If the stool broke, the Librarian wouldn’t fall. He just couldn’t reach the top of the shelves.
“Did you want to see my new pocket pet?” I asked him.
He shifted and looked down at me, silent as ever. I pulled the one I had in my pocket out to show him. It rested in his palm, completely engulfed.
“I bought four of them,” I continued.
This told him everything. Things I couldn’t say out loud, that I wouldn’t say out loud. He nodded and returned it to me.
I was ready. “What do you recommend today?”