Roses, Convolvulus, Poppies, and Other Flowers in an Urn on a Stone Ledge – Rachel Ruysch, 1680s
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“Alone in her shelter, she allowed herself tears. When her shelter cooled to the touch she called to Gull, “Coming out!” She eased her head out into the smoky air, looked over at Gull. She imaged they both looked like a couple of sweaty, parboiled turtles climbing out of their shells.
She laughed. It hurt her throat, but she laughed. “Hey, handsome.”