Posted by Lieutenant Luke Wyatt (Chief of Security) in Deck 4 Garden- Much Later During the Party
Posted by Lieutenant Faye Calloway (Mission Specialist) in Deck 4 Garden- Much Later During the Party
“Haven’t you learned yet that I’m always full of surprises?” she retorted with amusement.
Eyeing him critically, Faye searched his features as if she were looking for something. There was nothing hard about the gaze though and after a moment she gestured with her head. “Come on, I’ll give you a tour.”
He smiled, “Great, lead on” He stepped to her side showing he was ready to be led on their tour. Luke was excited, this was probably the first normal interaction the pair had, either ever or in a very long time and he was going to soak it up.
Pivoting on the ball of her foot, Faye moved off along the path moving counter-clockwise. “So that’s an orchard, some smaller full size trees plus a whole bunch of espaliered ones. It’s a method of training fruit trees to grow in a lattice structure that moves upright and horizontally. Saves a lot of space,” she said gesturing with her finger to their right.
Following alongside her right Luke matched her pace with ease, they were in no rush so it wasn’t difficult, as she pointed out the orchard she seemingly answered all of his question about what espaliered meant and why you’d use a lattice structure. “Efficient, like their designer. ” Finally he did have a question she hadn’t already answered. “How many different trees are there in total?”
“In the orchard? Seven, but there are a different varieties of some of the ones o the espaliers. But if you mean the whole garden, there is…” Her eyes narrowed and Faye looked up slightly as if she were actively recalling something. “Sixty-eight, but that includes all the ones in the tropical glasshouse in the corner. We’ll get to that pretty soon.”
“And what is your favourite?” He asked now looking at her. “If you have one that is.” Luke was genuinely engaged in the tour and their conversation, he never thought he’d be walking through a garden asking questions about someone’s favourite trees. The Delta Quadrant was weird like that.
- Luke Wyatt
Faye gave a small smile. “A favourite tree? Hmmm, I might have said I don’t have one, but there is one at the top of the hill I’ll show you that I adore. It’s so unusual and lovely.”
They approached the first corner, and all along that side of the garden were raised rectangular beds that sat currently empty. “These and the ones that are mirrored on the other side, are the raised beds for the crew. Seventy-two in total. People can sign up for one and are free to grow vegetables or flowers or whatever they want. We do have a list of restricted items due to health and safety issues but everything else is up to their imagination.” She grinned wider. “I of course have mine already claimed. And if you are really wanting to learn, this is the way to do it. Hands on.”
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