He had some unusually traumatic Christmas experiences as a child.
Another thing governments can do that private citizens can’t.
If the kid is going to have a career in space, he’s going to have to get past the anthropomorphism.
There was a great old Twilight Zone episode where a hoodlum died and found himself in a place where he was immediately given anything he asked for. He was soon going out of his mind with boredom and it turned out he was in the Bad Place.
But if this is Calvinball, the five yards is probably on the planet Remulak.
Don’t blame the librarian.
Other holes include “can you MAKE yourself believe something you really don’t” and “do you really think SHE can’t tell you are just playing the odds?”
She’s mad because she always does that. It’s sort of a conditioned reflex stuck in a loop.