Characters: Dee, Ryo.
Setting: After the manga.
Summary: It’s hard work, but well worth the effort.
Written Using: The dw100 prompt ‘Dig’.
Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Sanami Matoh.
A/N: Triple drabble.
Dee had never imagined he’d enjoy this. He’d always thought gardening looked too much like hard work, and it sort of was; it took a lot of effort to dig the ground, breaking up the hard lumps of dirt, getting the beds ready for planting, and yet it gave him a curious sense of accomplishment.
The earth had been packed down hard from the winter rains, snow, and ice, but now it just needed to be raked over, giving it a nice level surface, and then…
Well, more digging, only with a hand trowel this time instead of the heavy spade. A small hole for each of the bedding plants he and Ryo had brought with them.
That was the part the kids had been looking forward to, almost coming to blows over who would get to plant what until Ryo had stepped in, dividing the plants between all the kids who wanted to help, handing out trowels, and assigning areas.
Pansies, marigolds, mesembryanthemums, snapdragons, petunias, and poppies, then sunflowers beside the wall, and sweet peas against the trellis where they could climb and fill the air with their fragrance. It was going to look beautiful once everything was in bloom.
Of course, this was only the start; once the bedding plants were in they had the vegetable beds to prepare, ready for seeds to be sown, so that meant yet more digging. Dee had been a bit chilly when he’d started work out here this morning but now he was sweating, his jacket and shirt long since cast aside, leaving him in just his t-shirt, and don’t think he hadn’t noticed Ryo’s admiring glances.
Setting the spade aside, Dee picked up the rake, using the back of it to break up any clods he’d missed. He really loved gardening.