He is standing in front of the till staring.
Can I help you? I ask him.
He shakes his head and stares.
You've been here a long time? he says.
Yes, I say.
I was just remembering, he says, I used to come in here and buy my Goosebump books.
You did? I say.
I did, he says, and you were here then too.
I was, I say.
And that, he says, was a long time ago.