Your main character is the latter. When it works, it's the best kind of story opening, for my money. Write, edit, write, and edit.
Even more short story ideas Your character starts receiving flowers and anonymous gifts. What happens next is an awkward, endearing conversation between the future lovers. When they literally run into someone from their past, their reality starts to make sense. They have everything they would ever hope to have…except for a clue as to what happens outside their very large, protective walls.
Write a book about how your character waited two weeks for their date to call. Write about how your character gets up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night and is alarmed to see their dad standing in the hallway. Good writing is rewriting.
When a newcomer ventures into their land, their chance of finding the temple becomes dangerous…maybe even impossible. He immediately begins to suspect that his mother had an affair at one time and the librarian is his real father Your character is among the many determined to find a way to fix it.
What happens next is one of the most famous encounters with a monstrous criminal in short fiction. So much so that children are now worth millions.