Baekhyun stares in amazement at the ultrasound in his hands, observing the four little pups he’s carrying. It’s been a month according to the doctor.
Lying in his bed, all the omega can do is be patient for Chanyeol, his alpha, to come home so he can announce the news to him.
It all started when Baekhyun felt something was off with his heat cycle and said something being the fact that not only he didn’t go into heat for the last two months, but the nausea and sensitive back and then the added weight.
Something was clearly wrong. And so he went.
But that something wrong turned out to be not only nothing to worry about, but also one of the best news he could possibly deliver to his partner.
Baekhyun looks at the clock; another hour before Chanyeol’s shift ends and he can finally come home.
Should he get up?
It’s not like he did anything all day after the appointment- not that he needs to, really- but staying in bed means being lazy and being lazy means Baekhyun will fall asleep before he can even think of a way to tell Chanyeol.
And so he gets up, stretching once he’s on his legs.
The maid already passed to clean the entire villa and make food- nothing is left to get done. Maybe just eating.
Baekhyun grabs the plate she left covered with a cloche and lifts it, revealing the main meal as well as the side dishes, accompanied by soup.
Soup it’ll be.
The omega swallows one spoonful before deciding to stop, his stomach being oddly sensitive for something as light as soup. When he turns to look at the wall clock, Baekhyun sees only twenty minutes have passed ever since he last checked the time.
If only he was allowed outside.
And maybe if Chanyeol didn’t have to work at the Byun corporation to prove his worth to Baekhyun’s father, maybe then things would have been easier.
They don’t even need a maid- Baekhyun told his parents multiple times he could do at /least/ house chores, to which they said no.
The issue with the Byun family is the fact that being old-fashioned guides and influences about every decision they make- Baekhyun’s parents have been deciding how to lead his life ever since the moment he was born.
The fact that he was an omega also influenced everything.
It never sat well with Baekhyun who rebelled at every occasion he had as not only a young child but also a teenager. He didn’t care and to an extent, he did it to make sure they were permanently upset.
They forbade Baekhyun things they’d allow to his siblings, all alphas.
"No going out after 6 pm."
"No talking to the other boys."
"No sleeping over at any friend’s house."
"No working. Ever."
Baekhyun never really cared and rarely respected any of their orders which caused bodyguards all around him for years.
Then, Chanyeol happened.
Before Chanyeol? Baekhyun had nothing to lose and didn’t mind going against his parents.
After Chanyeol? Baekhyun had to change his ways. Completely and absolutely if he wanted to have a semblant or normal relationship without them knowing about it. And so he conformed.
In the first few months after meeting Chanyeol, Baekhyun did everything his parents asked him to, started being calm and quiet and agreed to everything they said because that way, they’d leave him alone hopefully.
He often used school as an excuse to stay out, to go out.
The pair didn’t last long before making it official- with their mutual attraction, it was bound to happen, but in the beginning it had only been dating and near a year into it, they claimed each other.
Baekhyun came home that morning wearing Chanyeol’s mark proudly.
He knew he’d be in trouble because Chanyeol was not going to be loved by his parents- Chanyeol came from an average family while Baekhyun’s was the richest in town.
Baekhyun knew they also wouldn’t be happy with not having chosen Baekhyun’s mate /themselves/.
Once claimed, mated, inseparable at this point by the power of the bond, Baekhyun was ready to face them.
To say they weren’t happy would be an understatement- a huge one.
However there was nothing they could do anymore about it, nothing except try to control them /now/.
It resulted in Chanyeol having to prove he’s worthy enough to be Baekhyun’s partner, and the omega’s father made sure to keep an eye on him while he worked in their company.
On the other hand, Baekhyun’s mother made sure to keep him locked in the house like a "good" omega.
If it meant having Chanyeol, Baekhyun thought nothing else would matter.
And if he was capable of being independent from them, he’d have done it a long time ago, but the life they’ve let him live has been one of comfort and luxury- and he has never been one to work. Ever.
And now, not only did he have to consider his own feelings and opinions but also Chanyeol’s- and the man wanted to please the omega’s parents, not understanding it’ll never happen.
He wanted to and Baekhyun was not one to deny him, but the situation has changed now.
Now not only is he pregnant, but he’s having four at once. Baekhyun bets his parents would have also loved to plan the date on which he’d start carrying.
There’s so much more to consider and in all honesty, Baekhyun doesn’t think he can take it anymore- not pregnant, at least.
Baekhyun tries not to worry too much, knowing the alpha will be over the moon. And when Baekhyun tells him they’re not having just one but /four/, Chanyeol’s going to celebrate all night.
As he’s putting his soup bowl back in the fridge, the keys turn in the door.
Chanyeol does this thing where he drops his suitcase on the couch and walks over to the omega with the biggest smile on his face, opening his arms for Baekhyun to run into and just today, Baekhyun hugs him a little longer than usual, feeling needy.
"I missed you."
"I missed you too." Baekhyun whines against his chest, all very conscient about the fact that he’s pouting.
"Went out today?"
"How did you know?"
Chanyeol points to the clothes Baekhyun is still wearing. "Since when do you wear jeans in the house?"
With one last kiss to Baekhyun’s cheek, Chanyeol moves behind him to reach the cabinets and takes a glass out with one hand while the other opens the fridge, grabbing a cold water bottle. "Went to see friends, then? Had fun?" He asks casually, walking back to the counter.
Jongdae, Kyungsoo and Sehun have been outside of the town for the past week for a trip they invited Baekhyun on- Baekhyun /and/ Chanyeol on, but the omega had refused, still feeling sick at the time without a known reason yet.
"Did you go see your parents?"
"I went to the doctor."
Chanyeol stills, looks up at Baekhyun and waits for him to continue. If anything, the way he puts the glass back on the counter without even having touched it /yet/ tells- urges- Baekhyun to continue, and to do it fast.
"Did something happen?"
"I had an appointment... for- I’ve been feeling sick and all the past two weeks."
Chanyeol nods. "And?" The tone doesn’t look like a happy one- not an angry one, but clearly a distressed one.
"Come." Baekhyun starts walking towards their room before Chanyeol grabs his arm.
Chanyeol’s hands find their way to Baekhyun’s face, one on each cheek holding him tenderly. "Are you sick- please tell me you’re okay."
He should’ve known not to /only/ mention the doctor and play mysteriously when he knows how much Chanyeol worries over him. "I’m not sick."
Chanyeol squeezes the full cheeks in answer. "Then?"
"You have to see it- just trust me." And with that he grabs one of the alpha’s big hands and leads him back to their bedroom where the ultrasound is still on the bed where Baekhyun left it when he got up.
Chanyeol blinks at him once, twice and finally takes the ultrasound, looks at it for what seems like seconds too long. "Wait- oh my god, wait- are you-"
The hold on the picture softens, Chanyeol’s hands moving under it to hold it like a treasure. "Really- really?"
"I promise you."
The first thing Chanyeol does is lay the picture back down on the bed carefully before moving to his omega, pretty tears in his eyes threatening to fall and when he’s finally close enough, the alpha puts both hands around Baekhyun’s hips, rubbing softly.
"How long?" Chanyeol asks, moving his hands under Baekhyun’s shirt to reach his flat stomach, opening his jeans’ front in the way.
Before Baekhyun can even tell him they’re not having one but four pups, Chanyeol is on his knees in front of him, at his stomach level.
"You shouldn’t wear jeans anymore- wear something loose and comfortable." He last addresses Baekhyun before placing his face on the omega’s exposed skin, mouth almost touching it. "Hey sweetheart- it’s daddy."
Baekhyun laughs. "/Sweethearts/."
Chanyeol totally spends the afternoon and night that follows cuddling Baekhyun, one hand always somehow finding its way to Baekhyun’s stomach one way or another and it’s not like Baekhyun’s going to complain- he loves getting touched.
They even take their bath together.
Chanyeol asks how is his stomach still flat a month into pregnancy and carrying quadruplets- he concludes Baekhyun isn’t eating enough and as soon as they’re out of the bath, Baekhyun dried and lying in his robe, the alpha calls said doctor to schedule another appointment.
Apparently, Chanyeol needs to go there and ask all the questions he now has concerning Baekhyun’s pregnancy- questions that, mind you, are much more numerous than the ones Baekhyun had when he learned it back in the doctor’s office.
"It’s normal- he said it’s normal so far."
Chanyeol isn’t convinced and needs to double check with the doctor- Baekhyun is about almost sure he just wants to see their babies moving on the screen by himself but figures that’s just as valid as his questions.
It’s only when they’re lying in bed that the topic comes up.
There’s an arm under Baekhyun’s head and one over his waist where the hand’s over his stomach, still rubbing consistenly. "Did you tell your parents?"
"No." Baekhyun even thought of calling Chanyeol’s parents first to announce the news. "Not yet- I wanted to tell you first."
The kiss dropped against his neck proves to be an answer so Baekhyun continues. "I’m sorry that we have to live like this- I’m /really/ sorry."
"What are you sorry for?"
Absolutely everything. "I’m sorry that my parents control everything and I’m sorry that I can’t even work."
"That’s out of your control." Chanyeol assures, cuddling him closer. "It’s not in your power- you’re not responsible."
Technically, he is. Baekhyun could have said no and decided to get a smaller house and to work instead-
"Baekhyun, I can /literally/ hear your thoughts."
"I also agreed, remember? I wanted them to like me too."
Maybe they both were responsible for it, lived with it for a year but now, now they’re no longer allowed to think this way. With four babies on the way, they absolutely need the liberty they don’t currently have.
"We can’t- we can’t keep living like this- this wasn’t even your dream job and I never got to work outside and just- what even is this?" It’s only when he’s done that he notices Chanyeol is hugging him tighter, squeezing now.
"Don’t sweat it, okay? It’s not good for the babies."
Baekhyun moves on his own, turning to look at his alpha. "Don’t sweat it? Do you realise we have /four/ babies on the way and no plan? You think my parents will leave us alone or-"
Chanyeol sits up and lets his back rest against the headboard, reaching for the smaller.
"We have options- we don’t have to stay here because we /do/ have choices."
"Like?" The hand running through his hair helps calm him down and when Chanyeol realises that, he keeps doing it until Baekhyun stops tensing up.
"You have shares in Byun corporations."
This catches Baekhyun’s attention.
"They’re under your name- I know because I work there and they’re legally yours to take and do whatever you please with them, anytime you want."
Since when has he owned shares?
"And the percentage?"
Chanyeol smiles. "25% under your name."
"They never told me- when did this happen?"
"I saw it three days ago, forgot to tell you but it looks like it’s been there for a while."
That could quite literally solve everything. "What about the other 75%?"
"Equally separated between both your brothers and your parents."
Chanyeol still shakes his head. "But if you don’t want to sell them, we can also do something else. My parents would take us in until I can find another job- and if you’re over at their place I’ll rest assured that someone’s looking after you when I’m away-"
For once, Baekhyun is capable of doing something for himself- for his couple and soon-to-be family and he’s not going to sit around doing nothing. If anything, he’s been wanting to be able to do anything and to stop feeling useless.
"I’m selling them."
Baekhyun doesn’t even wait until the morning to get it done with, leaves the bedroom, grabs the phone and organises everything with a lawyer Sehun sends his way, Junmyeon, who tells him what to do and how to do it all while Chanyeol sits next to him and listens.
They meet with Junmyeon in the morning and a few hours later, tons of papers, congratulations from the lawyer, everything gets sold accordingly and the money goes straight into Baekhyun’s account.
Of /course/ it causes a scandal the same day in the news, exactly an hour later.
Baekhyun’s parents call, the media is at their door, and everyone’s asking for explanations but the omega can’t feel any better than this. No worries and no responsibilities anymore- no one to control him.
His parents also end up visiting, ready to make a scene.
Baekhyun stops them before they can give him a headache.
It’s effective and completely makes them stop.
"We’re also giving you back this house. We’ll be packing and leaving." Baekhyun explains, one hand under his stomach.
"What?" His mother asks.
"H-how will you leave like this- you’re just an omega-"
Chanyeol steps in. "With all due respect, I won’t allow you to talk to him like this."
The middle-aged woman scoffs, turning to Baekhyun’s father for support. "Do you hear this kid?!"
Baekhyun decides to say one last thing. "You’ve given me a life of luxury and everything money could possibly buy, I’ll give you that. But have you ever thought of me as an actual person, other than the little weak omega you had to protect? Control? Have you? Even once?"
"It was for your own good!" His mother screams back. "Because you were too young and not ready-"
"And now?" The omega asks calmly. "Am I still too young and not ready at 24 years old?"
"You don’t know what you’re doing!" She screams back louder, eyes furious. "You cannot!"
"What about my brothers? They were much younger when they had kids of their own." The omega tries.
"They’re alphas, Baekhyun! Alphas- do you not get it? It was enough not to have chosen your mate for you and now- you-"
"I’m your son, not your doll in case you’ve forgotten."
"Will you really leave, then?" His father interrupts, tone annoyed. "Where will you go on your own like this?"
"I’m leaving with him, Sir. He’s not going anywhere on his own carrying my children."
The gasp Baekhyun’s mother lets out makes him roll his eyes- /really/ now?
The older couple leaves without asking about Baekhyun’s pregnancy- not even one question about how he’s doing or how far he is or even if they’re healthy or how many- nothing.
Baekhyun should have expected it but it still makes him feel terrible, keeps him up at night.
Never have they been happy about even /one/ decision Baekhyun took, always found things to be upset about. And deep down, the more he thinks about it, maybe they didn’t want an omega in the family.
Baekhyun was the youngest one after all- perhaps the surprise.
Or maybe he wasn’t planned- Baekhyun doesn’t know anymore and he’s tired and all kinds of exhausted so the best thing to do, the arms he knows will always be there for him, are just one turn away.
Chanyeol welcomes him warmly, nuzzling his neck until he’s deep asleep.
Everything gets packed in a week and when they’re ready to leave, Chanyeol’s hand behind Baekhyun’s back, the omega receives a call from one of his brothers.
Baekbeom who just learned about Baekhyun’s pregnancy, is overjoyed; he keeps him on the phone for the next hour.
He asks about everything there is to ask, talks to him all the while Chanyeol is driving towards his parents’ house and ends the call on a bittersweet note.
"They’ll come around." He assures in a soft voice. "They’re just like this, Baekhyun- even with us, that’s how it was."
"They’re not like this with you and Jongin- you know they’re not."
Baekbeom sighs. "Maybe not in the way they were with you, but I assure you they’re trying to control us just as much. Maybe we were allowed outside after 6 pm, but if you saw now- it’s all the same."
"I’m not saying this to make you feel better- just last week, mom was over to try and convince me to change my daughter’s name because it doesn’t sound elegant enough to her ear."
It’s Baekhyun’s turn to sigh- Baekbeom’s daughter is 6 years old, why would they change it now?
Once the call ends, it’s Baekhyun’s turn to worry over Chanyeol’s parents.
"But what if they don’t like me, Chanyeol? What if they just- what if I’m too much?"
The alpha doesn’t move his eyes away from the road, only moving a hand to rest against Baekhyun’s thigh. "They will."
"And you haven’t even told them I’m pregnant- what if they’re not happy about it?"
All Chanyeol does is squeeze the thigh in reassurance. "I know them, baby. These kind of news, they’d want to receive them right away so they can cuddle you and stuff."
And true to his words, when Chanyeol’s parents hear about the four babies on the way, not only do they stay with Baekhyun the entire day but they also make sure to completely ignore Chanyeol, opting instead to give the omega all of their focus and affection.
Baekhyun is so tired by the end of it, as they go through the plan they’ve come up with; they’re still looking for a house to buy and since Chanyeol is probably going back to work, someone needs to look after Baekhyun. And they both happily volunteer.
Baekhyun is curled up against the blankets on the bed, yawning every now and then. "Hmm."
"Do you wanna go shopping tomorrow? We could go look for clothes and toys and cribs."
If there’s /one/ thing that could fix Baekhyun’s mood, it’s /exactly/ this. "Yes- absolutely."
"What else would make you happy right now?" His alpha asks, dressing himself in pyjamas after his shower.
"You. You all over me." Baekhyun spreads his legs in a blatant invitation, a little needy and absolutely unashamed. Chanyeol takes the invitation and makes it a sweet night.
Over the course of weeks, both Baekbeom and Jongin come over to visit, Baekhyun’s friends do as well when they’re back from the trip and for the first time, the omega gets time to sit down and get to know his partner’s friends, Minseok and Yixing.
The delivery goes well.
As Baekhyun nears the due date, Chanyeol becomes even sweeter, and how he has enough energy even after coming back from work, Baekhyun doesn’t know but that makes him love the man even more.
Chanyeol’s parents are the sweetest- always providing everything before he even asks.
His brothers and their friends always visit to check on him and see Chanyeol by the same occasion and as Baekbeom predicted, his parents show up at the hospital where Baekhyun is rushed on the night he is to give birth at 3 in the morning.
Four healthy pups delivered safely.
Baekhyun remembers his brothers’ words and realises perhaps they’ve all had it hard all this time and that they truly treated everyone with this much control. He allows them to see the babies but they don’t exchange words except for the "Glad you delivered safely."
Quadruplets are fun because while Chanyeol holds two, Baekhyun also gets to hold two.
"Do you think they’ll take more after me or after you?"
Baekhyun stares at the one squirming on his lap and then the other one having fun annoying his brother. "Definitely you, Yeol."
The look the alpha gives him makes Baekhyun look away- why is he so soft and romantic /right/ after Baekhyun gave birth?
"I’m proud of you."
Baekhyun looks up from the sleeping babies on his lap.
"I’m so, so proud of you, Baekhyun. You were amazing- all this time."
"What did I do?" Baekhyun asks, confused and a little lost.
"Well." Chanyeol starts, walking over to the couch next to the hospital bed to sit with both babies in his arms. "You stood your ground with your parents, made decisions I /know/ were hard for you to make. I know it."
"And I know although you were super happy about the pregnancy, carrying four all at once was /not/ the easiest thing to do and then having to give birth too- I have no idea how you did that. But you did it wonderfully and that fills my heart with pride. You /can/ and you did."
"You confess your never-ending love for me while I look like /this/?"
Chanyeol shrugs. "You look good."
"I look like I haven’t taken a shower in a week- what do you mean?"
"I’ll give you a bath if you want- wash away everything with my hands?" He winks. "What do you say?"
"I say you’re a loser and you better keep your hands away- we /just/ had babies. I doubt you’d want more right now."
Chanyeol gives him his purest smile. "I wouldn’t mind- in fact I’d love it but I do know your body needs to rest first. About 40 days or so... so later..."
Baekhyun ends up giving all the babies to Chanyeol to take care of while the carrier gets some sleep and rest, telling him he’ll need /much/ more strength if he wants more babies.
The alpha simply carries them all in his arms and sends a flying kiss towards Baekhyun.
[3 years later]
"That’s like, your worst recipe ever."
"Are you kidding me- Sehun, I spent 3 hours on this!"
The taller shrugs and puts down the piece of cake, shaking his head. "Listen. Usually, everything you do is great but you just- abandon on making cakes. Just... don’t."
"Chanyeol said it’s good." Baekhyun argues back, moving from around the counter to go sit at the table his friend is seated on. "And I trust his taste so."
"Dude. Dude you literally- he’s head over heels for you, of /course/ he likes whatever you do. Even the bad cakes."
"I promise the cake is bad, but just focus on all the other things you bake so well! Literally all pastries but cake, okay?"
Just as he’s about to argue back he can try to make it better, the door opens to let in a tall man he knows all too well with four little boys.
They all run to Baekhyun, letting go of Chanyeol’s hands to be picked up and placed either on the counter of the bakery shop or againsg Baekhyun’s hips, held by his arms.
"How are my little buddies?" Baekhyun asks, kissing all over their faces. "Had fun today with grandma?"
Baekhyun’s parents still pass to see his children and although their relationship stayed where it was, he lets his sons see them.
"Chanyeol, just tell him his cakes are terrible."
"See? He’s playing innocent, doesn’t wanna hurt your feelings."
When Sehun gets the kids’ attention, Chanyeol takes his sweet time kissing Baekhyun, making sure to tell him how good he looks in that white apron and how attractive he looks as the owner, which all reminds the omega to tell him something as /well/.
"My mom called."
"She was asking if we’d be free on Friday? This Friday and I told her yes because I have people that could replace me at the construction site that afternoon but what about you?"
Baekhyun catches on his hands and links them together. "I can close the shop a little earlier."
If Chanyeol’s full schedule as a site engineer can be cleared out for one afternoon, then Baekhyun can also make some effort and clear his too.
"I have to tell you something, though." Baekhyun whispers in his ear, holding on his shoulders. "It’s really important so- now."
"We kinda have to go in the lockers’ room so I can tell you."
Chanyeol follows nervously behind him until they reach Baekhyun’s locker among his employees’ and the omega opens it, handing his lover a sealed enveloppe. He opens it right away after Baekhyun urges him to.
"Remember when you said you wanted more babies 3 years ago?" Chanyeol starts reading out loud. "Well it took us some time because we were busy with our 4 current babies but if it’s not too late, do you want to be a daddy again?"
Chanyeol looks up, eyes wide, mouth open.
When Chanyeol looks inside the last page of the letter, he finds an ultrasound glued to it with a little note. "This time, we’re expecting 6!"
The scream of satisfaction Chanyeol lets out echoes all the way until outside and has the children asking Sehun what’s happening.
"Oh, it’s nothing." He assures, knowing too well what they could be doing.
"But why is daddy screaming!"
"It’s... what adults do... together on... special occasions when they’re.... happy." Sehun explains awkwardly, hoping they’re /not/ doing what he thinks they are.