Mr. Hagesawa looked down at the copy of Henry’s resume in his hands, and then back up at Henry again.
“And you graduated-?”
Henry swallowed around the massive lump in his throat, and hoped that the sweat beading on his forehead wasn’t visible.
“Two weeks ago sir. This is, um, my um, first interview.”
The head librarian of the Gravity Falls Public Library beamed at him. “And you chose us?!”
“Er, yes,” Henry said, choosing a more politic answer than “you were the first person to call me.”
“Mr. Pines, do you know how long this position has been open?”
The other man slammed his hand on the desk and Henry jumped. “Two years! And do you know how many people have applied?”
Henry was trying to calm his racing heart. “A few?”
“No one! Nobody at all! Can you believe it? And now you’re here like, like…like-”
Henry braced himself.
“Like a gift!”
He was not expecting that.
Mr. Hagesawa went on, waving Henry’s resume excitedly. “And you just got your degree? The last time I was in school was thirty years ago! And Miss Trueheart never attended college! She refuses to let me get rid of our card catalog!”
That explained the massive cupboard of tiny shelves that stood immediately in front of the doorway, making it hard and cumbersome for people to enter.
“Son, when can you start? Now? Now would be good, I have so much to show you and we can get your desk ready and-”
“Wait, I’m…you’re hiring me?” Henry asked. He and his friends had all been warned by their teachers in the program that the job market out there was terrible, that it may be months or years before they found a position…
Mr. Hagesawa snorted. “You’re the first person who hasn’t run away screaming at the mention of Gravity Falls. Everything else on top of that is icing on the cake. Of course I’m hiring you! Now, do you have your social security card with you and can you read this packet about your 401K and-”
Henry let Mr. Hagesawa chatter away at him, completely stunned.