At a rose-covered temple…
They followed the man around to the front of the temple. As they rounded the corner, Bess saw a rosebud grow from a bump on a vine to full flower in mere seconds.
“Look, Isa!” he exclaimed, and they both watched as the petals unfurled in bright red and soft purplish shades, with a sensual grace that made the exposure of the heart of the flower seem almost indecent. Isa reached out to touch it, and pricked her finger on a thorn hidden beneath the flower.
“Ah!” she cried, more surprised than hurt.
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