So I’ll simply tell you that today the sun was blood, and even the umbrellas were no help. A sailboat was struggling for wind, while a scarlet girl sold flowers to the tables. She set her eyes upon me.

“You look in need of a rose.”

Her basket swung around. There were red roses and blue tulips inside.

“I don’t need a rose,” I replied.

“Everyone needs a rose.”

“Do you tell everyone that?”

“Of course I do,” she smiled sweetly. “But it’s true.”

The scarlet girl lightened her eyes. “I tell you what,” she said. “I’ll give you a rose, if you’re in love.”

I stopped.

“At this moment,” she looked at me. “Are you in love this very moment?”