Originally written in 2009 for a drabble meme. My requester asked for 'the first sign of Spring'.
Growing up in the city, Sean’s experience of nature was limited. Euphemisms like ‘the sap is rising’ meant little to him. Then he moved to the Pines with a partner uniquely attuned to nature’s rhythms.
The first time, Sean honestly thought Elijah had contracted a sudden fever. He was about to fly into full panic mode when he was tackled to the sand, and it became stunningly apparent what sort of fever the Woodjin had. The sap was definitely rising- over and over.
It was the best spring of Sean’s life. He just wasn’t sure he’d survive to see summer.