Prompt #: 049
Title: The Only Exception
Word Counts: 8650
Side Pairing(s): -
Warning(s): mpreg and some cursing
Disclaimer: The celebrities' names/images are merely borrowed and do not represent who the celebrities are in real life. No offense is intended towards them, their families or friends. The original characters and plot are the property of the author. No money is being made from this fictional work. No copyright infringement is intended.
Summary: Baekhyun and Chanyeol started seeing each other after they graduated from college and Baekhyun quickly falls for the latter, but Chanyeol makes it clear that he wants no real commitment, nor does he want a spouse or family at that point in his life. Baekhyun tells himself he is content with that...until he discovers he is pregnant. For the sake of the child he fears Chanyeol won't want, he sells his apartment and moves away without a word, determined that Chanyeol will never know.
Author's Note: To my recipient, I’m sorry if this is not what you expected to be but I still hope you liked it. To the mods, thank you for being ever patient and understanding with me. And I also do apologize for the delays. Anyway, it has been fun writing this. It’s not much but I hope everyone enjoys reading it. Keep spreading the love! ^_^
"Hey guys!" Park Chanyeol greeted his friends as he makes a grand entrance at the basement which they call "The Hangout". His friends, Xiumin, Jongdae, Yi Xing, and Sehun followed Chanyeol with worried stares when they saw that he is sporting a bruised lip and a swollen eye.
Aware but uncaring of the curious glares of his friends, he grabbed a beer from the fridge and popped it open with another bottle crown. When he saw the alcohol spirit escaped from the mouth, he gulped the drink down his throat. He let out a re-sounding Aaaah, a mix of the satisfaction from the cold drink and the pang caused by the injury. He then proceeded to the couch and dropped himself on it. When he felt comfortable with his position he looked innocently to his friends.
"Dude, that black eye is getting darker by the minute. What the fuck happened?!" It was Lay who broke the annoying silence and crossed his arms across his chest.
"Yeah. Tell us who broke your pretty Elfian face." Jongdae seconded-the-motion.
Chanyeol raised his brows with the smirk never leaving his face. He is used with his best buds' teasing. He does it with them 99.9% of the time, targeting the weak in the university where they graduated. They were notorious for wreaking havoc in the college life of most of the students. Trolling and pranking here and there.
"Earth to Chanyeol." Jongdae spoke bringing him back to the present time.
His only reply was an overconfident shrug. "Isn't it obvious? I got myself...a date." He proudly announced with arms spread wide as if he just received a major award. Well, he considers this as a big achievement already given the circumstances.
"Will you be going out with an Amazon?! Or a pro-wrestler?! Damn Park! We know you want to taste all food in the buffet but are you offering yourself as the main course?!" All boys except the guy-in-question laughed and gave each other high-fives because of Xiumin's remark.
"Ha-ha! Laugh all you want." He made another sip of the drink he's holding before dropping the bomb. "Though he is a black belter in Hapkido."
Jongdae opened his mouth to make fun of the giant but closed it again upon realization who he was referring to. All his friends' eyes became saucers as the term Hapkido rang a bell. It took a few seconds before it dawned on them. Chanyeol's smirk almost reached his ears, his Elfian ears.
That's right bitches! Take it all in.
"D-d-do you mean...?"
"Dude, what the fu..."
Chanyeol can't hold his victorious laugh any longer seeing their reactions get all tangled up. Hell! He even got indifferent Sehun to stop scrolling from his phone. This moment is definitely gold!
"Guys, I'm everything but a liar. Just look at my face and you can see I've earned my way just to get that honey ass." He pointed at his black eye but instead of squirming in pain, he seems happier about it.
"Good grief!" It was Yi Xing who recovered first. "This requires more beer!" And he bolted to a stretch of planks in the room which is actually a secret storage of, you guessed it, more booze!
As their Chinese friend busied himself in refilling the fridge with the sinful drinks, the other guys rummage Chanyeol with more questions.
"How did you get him to date you?"
"As far as I can remember, he hates you...at least your guts."
"Did you volunteer to be his human punching bag or something?"
Chanyeol can't erase the smug look in his face as he fills them in. "Chill guys! I just happened to be in the right place, at the right time. I won't deny, the punch hurt like hell but the prized beef is all worth it."
"I thought he was with Kris." Everyone darted their eyes to Sehun who just grabbed his half-empty bottle as he made his way from across the room. "Well, isn't he?"
"Wow Park. I know you hated Kris when he beat you down at the Bowling Cup but that's no reason to steal his boyfie." Xiumin stated. Out of their group, Xiumin is the most rational one. When they prank or troll someone, he would be the one to draw the line just so matters won't escalate to more trouble. They hardly listen though so he ends up getting in trouble with them anyway. But this time, Chanyeol wasn't the one who was looking for it. You can say trouble walk into him, punched him in the face, but fate decided to reward him there and there.
Chanyeol straightened up on his seat and shook his head. "What am I twelve?!" He raised his brows up sarcastically.
"No. So, remember the Ice Cream Shop up street is where my mom's restaurant get its supplies? Of all days, she asked me to go there and finalize orders with the owner." The lads hanging to his every word as he continued on re-telling how he got thrashed as hell. Yi Xing re-joined the group when he was done stacking the beers. Chanyeol opened another one before continuing on.
“When I got there, they were already arguing. Turns out the asshole, Wu, dumped him for some Chinese cheerleader. It looks like he walked on in the shop and saw the two mushy mushy with each other. So, I guess he just wanted to show two can play in the game. Next thing I know, I'm getting kissed senseless by a cute and feisty brunette. And then Kris shoved his fist to my face. See?" Pointing at his black eye.
"And the date?" Yi Xing probed further.
"Let's just say this cute brunette, brought me to his apartment and took care of me. One thing lead to another and BAM!" He punched his palm with his fist to show his excitement. "I got a date. Simple as that."
He shrugged while every single one of his friends jaw drew open except for one.
"You're too happy Park." It was Sehun whose poker face apparent in all his handsome glory.
"You sayin' something Oh? Coz I don't think I asked for your opinion." Chanyeol can't help but spat at the younger.
Ha! Expect Oh fucking Sehun to ruin this moment.
Sehun just shrugged.
“He’s still probably hang up with Kris for all you know. Are you okay with that?”
Chanyeol jeered. “It’s actually perfect if you think about it. He’s still nursing a broken heart. He’s vulnerable and needs a shoulder to cry on. And here comes me, his knight in shining armor, who would attend to his every need. And that’s how I get laid.”
He sat back at the backrest of the sofa feeling proud of himself. His friends aghast of his Casanova ways. This was not the first time he has done some strategy to get someone to bed. His bed. Translation: On his terms.
“What? C’mon you guys! Stop ruining the Bro Code.” The giant tried to defend himself to his friends shook their heads in retreat to their friend’s Playboy syndrome.
"You know, he's pretty popular back in the university. Not as popular as you of course but still every man wants a piece of his ass." It’s Oh Sehun again. Chanyeol thought he is speaking too much but he let him continue. He’s curious on why the younger seem to defend his date. What makes this one different?
"You drop him. Many are willing to pick him up. He's not your ordinary fuck by the way he chooses who he dates. Kris obviously messed up and I'm sure you would too."
"Pipe down man! He's just a trophy I want to put in my large gallery of awesome fucks." He retorted with conviction. It sounded harsh even to him but that's how the cookie crumbles. Love is never in his vocabulary. It's just not his thing. It's never his thing. Why tie yourself to someone when you can have all the fun in the world?! YOLO!
"Once I'm done with him. He's free to do whatever he wants."
Sehun smirks. "Be careful bro. Don't take more than you can chew. You might end up whipped. Don't come to us bawling once you do."
Chanyeol just snorted.
"Just sayin'" Sehun just bore a lazy look on him, shrugged, and then finished his drink.
"Then shut the fuck up! I'll never fall in love with..."
Chanyeol is pissed off! No. Infuriated! If there is a level that can exceed how mad he is right now that'll probably describe him. His blood is boiling with the sight of his boyfriend a.k.a. Byun Baekhyun rolling his hips on stage against a dancing pole, drunk as hell! Now, if he'd be doing that when they're alone, fine! He'd love to indulge in that type of performance. But he isn't even an ounce amused. NOT when bare-chested men are surrounding his sweet and spicy runt. And said runt seems to be having the fucking time of his life.
It's Yi Xing and Suho's bachelor party and Baekhyun had too many drinks which he finds weird. Actually he's been acting weird for the past few days. He's suddenly cold towards him and they haven't had sex for a week! Goddammit!
He doesn't even know how he endured! He has also been spitting non-sense every time he tries to woo him. One time, Chanyeol gave him flowers and he was like 'Thanks! You do know flowers don't last forever. But thanks.' Ok. What the fuck?!
He also asked him to go out thinking he just needs a breath of fresh air but he just brushed him off and said he was not in the mood. He tried to be patient with him and when he managed to coerce him to leave the four walls of his apartment, he suddenly became a wild goose drinking more than he could handle and swaying his hips like a professional stripper on stage.
Park Chanyeol couldn’t handle it anymore. He needs to get him off the stage immediately. He climbs up the T-shaped stage. When he stood up properly a blinding light shines on his face almost blinding him. Suddenly, he hears deafening cheers around him.
He realized that the crowd must’ve mistaken him to be one of the customers who wants to join the dry-humping session on stage. Hell no!
He immediately gets on his feet to Baekhyun’s spot on stage. The latter locks an angry gaze at him as he got near. Chanyeol wasted no time in pulling his boyfriend from the bulky, not to say, heavily-oiled men beside him.
“Let me go Chanyeol!!!” The brunette tries to whisk himself away from the giant.
“We’re going home, Baekhyun!” Chanyeol snaps at him angrily, tightening his grip on the shorter.
Boos and cheers are heard from the rowdy crowd. They seem to be perfectly amused with the struggle happening on stage.
“NO! I don’t want to go home! Certainly not with you!” Baekhyun is as livid as him but Chanyeol paid him no heed. The giant made another strong effort to pull his arm which made the brunette wobble on his steps and had no choice but to hold on to the taller’s jacket for support. Chanyeol wasted no time. Without further ado, he lowered his body to hold on to Baekhyun’s waist and lifts him up on his shoulder.
“WHAT THE FUCK?! CHANYEOL PUT ME DOWN!!!” Several punches are sent to Chanyeol’s broad back. His short legs can do nothing given that Chanyeol had them leashed with his long arms. The giant bit his lip because, damn drunk Baekhyun is heavier than the usual. He must’ve consumed a lot of alcohol than his tushy can allow. Or it can be because the petite guy kept on sending chops on his poor back.
When he got successfully gone down the stage, he made a glance to his friends and gave an apologetic look especially to the Suho and Yi Xing who were still astonished that the spotlight was stolen from them for a moment. Thanks to Byun Baekhyun’s antics. But he really had good friends and they nodded at him to take care of Baekhyun who is now has his claws on Chanyeol’s hair, trying to pull the strands out of its roots, garnering yelps from the poor giant.
“WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?!” Chanyeol’s voice thunders as he throws Baekhyun at the soft couch. If it’s not for the situation, Chanyeol would’ve congratulated himself for the ability to manhandle a Hapkido black-belter. Damn! All those workout finally paid off. But that’s not the issue of the moment. He wants to know the reason why Baekhyun is bitching out as fuck.
The brunette stands up almost immediately after he has recovered from the fall from Chanyeol’s arms and to the soft couch.
“The question is ‘What is wrong with you?!’” Baekhyun pointed at his chest. “It’s the most fun I have in years and you go and ruin it all party pooper!”
“I’m ruining the fun?! Baekhyun, you were dancing like a drunken bitch on stage—to men who isn’t me, your boyfriend!”
Baekhyun just gave him an incredulous look.
“Oh! So big on the boyfriend word aren’t we?! Well fuck you! I’m breaking up with you! YOU BIG OAF!” He tries to slide past him but the giant’s was quick to grab his arm and pushes him back on the coach. This time he straddles him with his long legs, trapping him with his body. His arms on both sides of his head.
“What did you just say?!” Chanyeol’s voice is low and dangerous. Like a calm before the storm.
“You know I have been putting up with you these past few days. I have no clue what’s going on in that little head of yours right now because one, you won’t fucking tell me. And two, you won’t fucking tell me! And now, you tell me your breaking up with me?!” Chanyeol smirked and shakes his head slowly. “Well, hell Baek. Not now, not ever!”
Baekhyun is hyperaware of the man on top of him. He watches every move of his thick luscious lips--uttering treacherous words. He’s a bit of terrified of this side of Chanyeol at the same time, he’s turned on. His boyfriend is hot when he’s on beast mode. The dancers in the club are certainly no match for his toned biceps to be honest. He just danced with them to spite Chanyeol who doesn’t seem to get why he’s PMS-ing to him the past few days.
“Seriously, Chanyeol?! You don’t know?! Well, that proves what an insensitive prick you are! Three years Yeol! Three-effin-years and not a single marriage proposal from you! Suho and Yi Xing? They just met six months ago and boom! They’re getting married!”
“What?!” Chanyeol’s eyebrows are slowly becoming a uni-brow.
“You heard me loud and clear Park!” It’s now Baekhyun’s turn to tower him as he lifts his upper body up to meet Chanyeol’s gaze on him. But somewhere in their staring battle, Chanyeol was the first one to withdraw.
Suddenly, Baekhyun wants to retract his outburst but the alcohol really seems to get him. He got certainly no clue on where he gets the confidence to continue on his flare of emotions.
“Three years Chanyeol! We’ve been together for three fucking years and you still have no solid plans on where this is going. We’re not even living together aren’t we?!
“What else do I have to prove Chanyeol? It even took me a year to get out from being your fuck buddy to being your official boyfriend! Gosh!”Baekhyun has tears streaming down his cheeks and Chanyeol is still frozen on his spot. Baekhyun made a feeble attempt in pushing the giant off him but ended up laying his head on his broad chest. “I hate you right now!”
Baekhyun can feel Chanyeol’s strong arms around his petite form squeezing him closer and tighter to his body. The warmth is something Baekhyun always welcome. The anger that enveloped his whole being earlier is now subsiding under Chanyeol’s embrace.
Baekhyun asks himself why he seems so weak when it comes to Chanyeol. Why does he go stumbling whenever he calls for him? Why do his knees turn jelly whenever he’s near?
Why does he love him so much?
“Baek…” Chanyeol started after a short moment of silence. “I’m sorry if I have not been the best boyfriend. I’m sorry, if I made you feel this way. It’s just that…” The giant let him go slowly and zeroed in his soft gaze to his petite boyfriend.
“I’m…I’m not… I’m not ready yet.” Chanyeol suddenly let out a huff of breath. He obviously held it so long before saying the words. “Right now, everything is going too fast and opportunities are knocking quickly. It’s not that I don’t want you. God knows, how much I do. But I’m just in the point of my life wherein I’m not ready to start a family, lest a home. I hope…I hope you can understand. I need more time.”
Baekhyun’s shoulder slumps in dismay. He knows his battling a losing war. They are still early in marrying each other but at the right age already. He just thinks it’s also the right time that they settle down.
But how can he stop his boyfriend in chasing his dreams? What kind of boyfriend does that make him?
So Baekhyun decides to wait.
He hugs him back and soon collapsed in his giant’s arms.
Two years after.
Baekhyun stares down at the two lines in front of him.
Two red lines that indicate his life is about to change its course.
It was just a suspicion at first. A misgiving he didn’t expect to be confirmed in a matter of minutes. He tried to brush it off thinking he was just not feeling well. But he can no longer deny the changes he’s been noticing in his body conditions. He grows tired easily. Nausea hits him every morning. His little nubs are extra sensitive these past few days too.
He should be happy, really. He knew this moment will come at one point of his life. And now it finally happened, it feels like it is all going too fast and at a wrong time at that.
How can this happen?
How can he let this happen?
What is he supposed to do?
Should he tell Chanyeol?
But what will happen after that?
Where does that leave them?
Where does that leave him?
Baekhyun’s head started to spin. Small beads of sweat have formed on his forehead. He carefully sat on the toilet cover because he felt his knees are about to give in anytime. A downpour is ready to give out from his light brown orbs but he covers his mouth with his left hand to stifle a cry. He doesn’t want his boyfriend to hear him. He is not ready to tell him just yet. Rather, he is not ready to see Chanyeol's reaction to all this.
I need to think this over. Yes, Baek. Calm down everything will be alr--
Knock. Knock. Knock.
Baekhyun jumps in surprise and scurries to gather the pregnancy kit he left at the sink. He wipes the tears from his eyes and swallowed the lump on his throat before responding to his boyfriend on the other side of the bathroom door.
“I’m almost done Yeol.” He choked a bit and he silently wished Chanyeol didn’t notice.
“Okay. You’ve been there in a long time." Chanyeol paused for a second before continuing with, "Are you okay?”
“Yes! I’ll be out in a bit.”
He wraps the kit with lots of tissues. Baekhyun wants to make sure his boyfriend doesn’t get wind of this. He needs to clear his head first. His mind is too blurry and he is not yet prepared to face everything…at least for now.
After getting everything cleaned up, he opens the door only to be surprised by his boyfriend who is standing right at the opening with his arms crossed on his broad chest. Baekhyun can feel Chanyeol’s height towering him. His eyes zeroed in on him with brows scrunched with each other.
“Yeol!” Baekhyun said with a bit of surprise. He didn't expect his giant to be waiting right outside the door. Baekhyun thinks he must have worried him. So, despite him feeling ill...literally and emotionally, he let out a sweet smile. Well, he tried to. It was bittersweet but sweet nonetheless. However, with Chanyeol's stares boring at him, the petite sees his boyfriend is not convinced.
"Sorry it took me a while. I was..." Baekhyun hesitated a bit. "I was thinking."
"Thinking? Thinking about what?" Chanyeol tilts his head a bit and narrows his sight towards the smaller one, his eyebrows furrowing more. Baekhyun nervously avoids his eyes, scared that the giant will see what he’s hiding—though he doesn’t know if he can conceal it for the weeks to come when the bump in his belly will be apparent.
Baekhyun gives Chanyeol a sheepish smile. “Nothing. It's just work. I got distracted while I'm doing number two. You know sometimes your mind starts to fly while you're sitting on the throne. It's like that. Anyway, oops, I’m blocking the bathroom. Are you gonna use it? Here you go.”
Babbling. He’s babbling.
Baekhyun really fails to be subtle sometimes. So he stopped himself from saying more non-sense and stepped aside to leave an opening for his boyfriend towards the bathroom. He starts to tiptoe his way out but he was abruptly stopped on his tread by his boyfriend’s hold.
“Baek, are you hiding something?"
Baekhyun looked at him anxiously, completely stricken of his boyfriend's sudden question. He wanted to tell him right there and there that a baby, their baby, is on the way. But he willed against it. It's not the proper time. Heck, he doesn't even know if there will be a proper time. He doesn't even know if he wants that time to come.
"I'm not hiding anything, silly!"
Baekhyun, you liar!
"Are you really okay? Coz if there is something bothering you or you’re not feeling well at all, you’ve got to tell me. You know I’ll cancel all my appointments for you.”
Baekhyun doesn’t know if he should continue to be nervous or be touched. He likes the fact that his boyfriend can detect that there is something amiss about him but at the same time he is scared because the moment he tells him the truth he might see a Chanyeol-shaped hole right at the very the wall of his apartment.
“What are you talking about? I’m fine.” He gets out from his soft grip and rubs the giant’s toned arms. “I think I just lack a bit of sleep from last night. I really need to be less of being a workaholic sometimes.”
“Are you sure? As in really really sure?” Chanyeol’s face full of concern.
Baekhyun laughed softly, locking the taller’s face between his palms. “Really, really.”
With the petite’s assurance, Chanyeol lets out a breath of relief and finally showed his signature pearly-white teeth smile.
“Okay, if you say so. I need to go now. It’s Jongdae’s first day at work and I don’t want him to burn the office down.” He joked. Kim Jongdae is Chanyeol’s friend in their college’s University Paper. Despite him being a blabbermouth and a major prankster, he has great talent in photography and graphic arts. He is a good addition in Chanyeol’s landscaping business.
The giant reached down to him for a chaste kiss which Baekhyun blindly indulged in. But what’s supposed to be an innocent kiss turned into something more as Chanyeol snakes his strong arms around the curves of the petite’s hips. He pulls him closer and delves deeper into Baekhyun’s mouth. The smaller on the other hand, slides his dainty fingers along the broad chest of his boyfriend, fumbling on the warmness of his touch and feeling his heartbeat go faster by the second. He felt the giant's hands lower as he began to grope his bottoms with utter desire.
Baekhyun always finds Chanyeol irresistible especially his manly scent. Minty and fresh, just the way he likes it. But this time his nose whiffs his boyfriend's aftershave, he felt sick. Like very very sick. Like he wanted to hurl. His stomach started to twist and he can feel acid rising up from his throat. He felt like he'll throw up anytime. It’s his morning sickness acting up.
Baekhyun persuades himself to suck it up because if he runs back to the bathroom and puke his brain out, Chanyeol will not leave him alone. And the last thing he wants is to be stuck in his apartment with a six-foot man running around the house while hie’s trying to think how to deal with his dilemma.
Fortunately, he also felt Chanyeol's semi hard-on between his legs and used this opportunity to get out from his lusty grasp, putting a slight distance between their heated bodies.
“I know what you and Chan Jr. are thinking Park…but no.” He rejected softly. “Jongdae will hunt you down if you fluked out on him on his first day. You know how he is when he is bored. You might find your office in flames by then.”
“You know, I can just call a fireman if ever the building is caught on fire.” Chanyeol’s whispers sexily in the smaller’s ear that tickled Baekhyun’s senses. He wanted to give in but the storm in his gut is getting unbearable. He can even taste bitter in his mouth but again he endures.
“Tempting but no. Now off you go. I also need to deliver goods to Minseok’s café.”
Chanyeol hesitantly let him go and sighed. “Okay, fine. As long as you don’t give Minseok ‘your’ goods. Those are mine.”
That’s not the only thing that’s yours.
Baekhyun fakes a laugh. “Of course.”
He walks his boyfriend to the door to send him to work when the taller turns back when he remembered something.
“By the way, are you up for some posh dining this Saturday?”
“Saturday?” Baekhyun racks his brains out on reasons why Chanyeol wants to take him out all of something. Nothing.
“What’s with Saturday?” Baekhyun asks in curiosity.
“No reason.” Chanyeol loosens his tie a bit. “I just thought it’s nice to take a breather from time to time. If you’re up to it, I have reserved a dinner for two in the most romantic place in South Korea.”
Baekhyun’s eyes widened in recognition of the place.
“Marco Polo?! Yeol, it’s expensive there!”
“I know! So dress to the nines on Saturday. I’ll pick you up at eight okay?”
Happy. Chanyeol sounds incredibly happy.
The lump on his throat is back. How will he break the news to Chanyeol if he is this happy right now? But he should be happy that they are having their child right?
After one final kiss, Chanyeol let himself out of the apartment to go to work. Baekhyun on the other hand rushes to the bathroom to puke his brains out.
To say that Baekhyun is nervous is an understatement. His palms are sweaty, he cannot even stay in one position in the car. His anxiety is also not doing anything good to his nausea.
“Are you sure, you’re okay Baek?” Baekhyun almost jumped from his seat, hearing the raspy voice of his boyfriend.
“Yes!” He said more enthusiastically than usual. So much for acting normal Baek.
“You’ve been acting weird. We can go back home if you’re not feeling well.” Baekhyun can sense the concern from Chanyeol but he can also feel the slight disappointment if they cancel tonight. It’s not every day that they can dine in a top-notch restaurant after all. And it’s not every day that he’ll be announcing that he’s pregnant to his non-committal boyfriend.
“I’m sorry Chanyeol. I’m just nervous I guess. I am not used to dining at big places like that.”
Chanyeol lets out a small laugh and held his hand.
“You’ve got nothing to worry Baek. You’re with me, remember?” He then gives a small peck on his hand.
I hope you can still say that when I tell you that you’re going to be a dad.
Chanyeol chose the window with the most beautiful view of the Han River. It was breathtaking. It was nothing he ever saw before. And with Chanyeol sitting beside him, giving him sweet glances from time to time made the whole thing perfect. He doesn’t want the night to end.
In the end, Baekhyun decides to put off his revelation later when they get home. The scene is too good right now. The timing must be right when he tells him the inevitable.
After relishing the view from the top, he turns his sight back to his handsome boyfriend who seemed to have taken his time to style his hair back. Because of his anxiety earlier, he hadn’t paid attention to how his boyfriend looks exceptionally good tonight. Chanyeol is wearing a washed-out blue suit. He thinks it really suited him well and he looked sharp. He suddenly felt he was underdressed but he guessed his turtleneck matched with black silky slacks matches his boyfriend.
Aside from the looks though, he noticed that Chanyeol is a bit antsy. For the past thirty minutes, he has already consumed almost a half-gallon of water.
“Babe, you should lay down on the water. They just served the appetizer. You might be too full when the main course comes.” He told the giant.
“Sorry. I’m just very thirsty.” Chanyeol said nervously while taking yet another sip of water.
Baekhyun finds it weird but he just decides to change the topic.
“Sooo…” Chanyeol gives him his signature teeth-rich smile and straightens up from his seat. “I have good news actually. But didn’t you say that you’re going to tell me something too?”
Baekhyun breaks out a cold sweat. Why is he asking him now?
“I-i-it’s okay. You can go first.” He said anxiously.
Yes, Baek because delaying tactics is effective in times like this.
“O-o-okay. As I was saying, I got some good news. First, remember the pitch I was working hard to get?”
Baekhyun stops for a moment to think before he remembers. “Ah! The one with the new tourist park in Jeju?”
“WE GOT IT! I won the pitch!” Chanyeol spread out his long arms in pure bliss. Baekhyun couldn’t be any more proud of his lover’s achievement. It has been his long dream to land on a deal like this. He feels the overwhelming happiness from the giant and it makes him jump in joy as well.
“Oh my gosh! That’s great Chanyeol! I knew you can do it!” Baekhyun scoots closer to the taller and takes his lips in a quick but sweet kiss. “I never doubted you Yeol.”
“And thanks for being my inspiration Baek.” Chanyeol said locking him in a loving gaze. He then holds his hands tightly. Baekhyun notices that his lover’s hands are a bit cold. “Which leads me to my other news.”
Baekhyun looks at him with eyes full of questions. “Yeol?”
“Baek, my other news might shock you a bit. I don’t know if you’ll like it but I hope you still do.”
Baekhyun’s heartbeat starts to get rapid. What is Chanyeol going to say? Why does he look nervous? Why—
--is Kris, his ex-boyfriend in front of them??
“KRIS?!” Baekhyun exclaims in surprise at the towering figure in front of them.
“Fancy, seeing you here Byun Baekhyun. It’s been a long time!” It has been years since they last met and he looks mighty fine in his Armani suit.
Chanyeol’s tightened grip on him got his attention back. He gives him a hasty look and whispers with gritted teeth. “Kris? As in first-love-gorgeous-college-jock-ex-boyf
Uh-oh. This is not good at all. Why do bad things happen to him whenever he is eating?! Baekhyun has concluded that the heavens are not in favor of him at all.
Before Chanyeol, Kris was Baekhyun’s boyfriend. Kris Wu was in every way his dream guy when he was younger. They were often called the ‘university’s couple’. It’s just that the dream guy decided to cheat on him.
“Chanyeol? Park Chanyeol! I punched your face once right?!” The guy removed his clear specs that just adds to his aesthetic than a visual aid.
“Yes. I am that guy.” Chanyeol faked a smile and returned the extended hand of Kris. “What are you doing here? Meeting someone?”
“Nah. I’m just visiting Seoul and decided to dine here. You don’t mind if I sit with you guys right?”
“Actually we…” But before Baekhyun finishes his sentence, the towering guy sat on the couch across them.
Baekhyun made a side glance to his boyfriend and saw him narrowing his eyes to the man across them. The two is not exactly on good terms with each other since college. Often times, they rival at each other, in sports, in women, in men, and a lot of other things—well, that includes him. After their punching episode in the Ice Cream shop five years ago, Kris tried to win him back knowing Park Chanyeol was able to love-locked his way to his heart. When he finally realized that he’ll never win that war. He just went back to Canada without saying goodbye to anyone. And maybe to save face.
The smaller placed his hands on the giant’s knuckles. He rubs the back of his palm in hopes to soothe Chanyeol’s annoyance. The giant turns to him and he gave a small smile mouthing ‘I’m okay.’
“So, you guys still together?” Kris pouts sarcastically before nodding his head. “That’s amazing! Especially for you Park Chanyeol. I thought your dick can’t stick to one asshole at a time.”
“You must be talking to yourself Wu.” Chanyeol spats back.
“Touché.” Kris smirked playfully. He then turned his attention to the brunette who seems to be breaking a cold sweat from the tension between the two giants. “So, how’s life Baek? Is Chanyeol taking care of you well?”
“Life is doing good Kris. Chanyeol has been the perfect boyfriend.” Baekhyun gave Chanyeol a sheepish smile and he returned it back.
The spell that the two seem to go under was broken with—
“So, still no ring?”
Both heads turned to the man in front of them. Both shocked with the sudden intrusive question.
Kris slowly rose from his seat and reaches out to take Baekhyun’s dainty hands. “I can see there is none.”
Baekhyun felt the heavy gaze from his ex-boyfriend and retracts his hand right away. He doesn’t want Chanyeol to get more agitated than he is now.
Kris is back on his seat and rests his jaw on his right hand. His amused smile clearly shown on his handsome face. “You’re getting slow Park. What are you waiting for?”
Baekhyun turns his eyes to Chanyeol. Although Kris is annoying him as hell, he is curious on what his boyfriend is going to say. Their last conversation about commitment was two years ago. After that talk, he avoided every opportunity that marriage and family will be brought up. He even put off visiting Suho and Yi Xing’s home because he doesn’t want Chanyeol to get awkward.
And now, Kris Wu is fearlessly bringing up the question that he fears the most. With a baby on the way, he knows he is bound to bring it up but he never expected to come from his ex.
“Pfft.” Chanyeol let out an amused laugh, even throwing his head back. “I don’t see the reason of getting tied up. We’re happy together and we don’t need some piece of paper to prove that.”
“And you’re okay with that Baekhyun?” Kris throws a side-glance at Baekhyun whose eyes are now as wide as saucers.
“So, are you saying that you are now getting married?” Baekhyun continues the questioning.
“Baek, come on. We’ve talked about this. We’re like this for what? Four…five years?”
“Five years Yeol.” Baekhyun is gritting his teeth. He can’t believe this! He’s supposed to break the news about the baby later and now he hears that Chanyeol is never going to marry. Hell! His baby is better off without a father.
“We’re okay as we are Baek. Marriage is such a hassle you know.” Oh! Where does the douchebaggery end?! He is an inch close to using his Hapkido skills right there. And he doesn’t care if they are in some A-class restaurant. He’ll make history then.
“You guys are interesting. So, let me ask you again Baek.” Kris cuts off again. “Are you fine with this?”
Baekhyun throws a fierce eye on his boyfriend. “Yeah, sure! Who needs to be married anyway? Don’t want to be locked up with someone for life right?”
Chanyeol’s expression suddenly changed with the unexpected remark from Baekhyun. He’s about to say something but Baekhyun spoke again.
“So, Kris, it’s been a long time right? I think we need to catch up.” Baekhyun stands up from his seat. “This place is suffocating me. I bet with a suit like that you have a fancy ride too right?”
“You read me well Baekhyun.” Kris said smugly.
“Then let’s go. You don’t mind Yeol right? It’s been a nice night.” Baekhyun places a few dollars on the table. “That’s my share.”
That must have been the last straw for the giant and stood up. “What has gotten into you? I always pay for us. And you go home with me. Not him.”
Baekhyun let out an incredulous scoff at him. “Why are you acting possessive now? It’s not as if we have a contract with each other. Don’t worry Kris and I, are just going to talk. Let’s go Kris.”
Baekhyun starts to walk. Kris shrugs his shoulder to Chanyeol’s direction and smugly follows the petite one.
“Then why am I not going with you?” Chanyeol hurriedly runs to Baekhyun as soon as he placed some bills together with Baekhyun’s on the table and ushered the server to their table.
“What is it with you?”Baekhyun challenges.
“Because I’m your boyfriend!”
Baekhyun stops walking and turns around to face the giant. His eyes full of defiance. “I know Chanyeol. I’m your boyfriend and that’s what I’m going to be.”
Baekhyun quickly turns his heels away from the place—trying to fight the tears that is build up from his aching heart with Kris following him shortly.
Chanyeol impatiently pounds on the poor doorbell. It has only been about five minutes since he stood at the unfamiliar door in front of him but he can’t wait another second.
It has been a month since his Baekhyun went MIA on him. After their dinner at Marco Polo which Kris fucking Wu ruined. If the bastard only knew what else he ruined that night. Anyway, Chanyeol trusted that Baekhyun won’t do anything drastic that night. Well, at least that’s what he thought. He waited for Baekhyun in his apartment all night but there was no signs of the brunette when he woke up. He tried to call him several times but it either goes unanswered or to voice mail. He didn’t worry yet at that point because he thought that Baekhyun was still mad. Until it has been three days with no contact with him that he began to panic.
Baekhyun was missing.
Chanyeol went all over town in search of his little minx but to no avail. At that point, Baekhyun’s phone also cannot be reached. It drove him mad.
He got no one to blame but himself though. If he only did what he had to do that night then this wouldn’t have happened. If only he didn’t get the jitters and caved in to Kris’ taunts he could have prevented this.
“Don’t try to find someone who is not willing to be found Chanyeol.” Kyung Soo, Baekhyun’s best friend told him.
He found the guy locking up his best friend’s apartment when he tried to push his luck in checking if his boyfriend was back. But Kyung Soo said he was sent by Baekhyun to settle the matters with the landlord and instructed him to assist the newlywed couple who had purchased. At first, Chanyeol was confused on why Baekhyun would sell his apartment. He have seen how Baekhyun worked hard to get that spot. He literally baked cheesecake everyday just for the previous occupant to grant him ownership. So he didn’t understand why he would do that.
“He gave you enough time Chanyeol.” Kyung Soo stated matter-of-factly. “I would tell you where he is but I don’t know how that will turn out.”
Kyung Soo was about to leave when Chanyeol caught up with him.
“Tell me. Tell me where he is. I…I need to tell him something.” Chanyeol was growing desperate. He hated the smaller’s scrutinizing gaze on him but for Baekhyun he can endure any insult that may come his way.
“You’re a complete asshole Park. I knew you were trouble for Baek since college. I just held back because Baekhyun fell in love with you for reasons beyond me.” Chanyeol can feel a darker tone on the other. “I’m not going to give my best friend away just to knock his head twice.”
Kyung Soo started walking away from the shoulder-slumped giant when he gripped on his shoulder.
“Kyung Soo, you have to tell me. Baekhyun…”
The smaller but buff guy turned around to face him again, curious of what he’s going to say.
“What is it Park? Do I need to know something about Baek.”
“Baekhyun’s pregnant Kyung Soo. With my child.”
Chanyeol’s head went woozy from the impact he received from punch. He felt his jaw dislocated so he have to move it left and right just to be sure. He made a feeble attempt to stand up but his shirt was clasped in Byun Baekbom’s grip.
Turns out that Baekhyun was hiding in his older brother’s house. His family just moved in to their new house that’s why Chanyeol has no absolute clue on the whereabouts. Thanks to Kyung Soo, he is now able to locate Baekhyun. But not without a black eye.
“How dare you go in here?! Huh?! Anyone! Anyone who dares hurt my little brother is not welcomed here!” Baekbom’s spit is showering Chanyeol’s haggard face but the giant doesn’t care. All he cares about is to talk to Baekhyun and win him back.
“Where’s Baek? I need to talk to him, not you.” Chanyeol says in defiance. This remarks infuriated Baekhyun’s older brother more. He’s about to throw him another punch when…
“HYUNG!!! PUT HIM DOWN!!!” The most sought after person finally appeared and yelled.
“What are you doing?! Let him down this instant!” Baekhyun commanded when his brother didn’t concede.
Baekbom slowly let the giant go but not without measuring eyes. He then walks towards his younger brother.
“You sure you can handle him?”
“I’m sure. And you didn’t have to punch him on the face.”
His brother just smirks. “The bastard deserves it. Let me know if we need to throw him off the cliff.”
Baekhyun just rolls his eyes and pushes the elder away.
When he turns back, his face meets a broad chest, making him step back a bit.
“Yah! Byun Baekhyun!” Chanyeol grips the side of the smaller’s shoulders and locks him in a tight embrace. He gathers all his willpower not to hug him back.
Not until he feels small drips of dampness on his shirt.
Crying? Chanyeol’s crying?
Was it because of him? In the first place, why follow him? It has been clear since that fateful dinner that he was not ready for anything. Commitment. Marriage. Family. And he doesn’t need that kind of stress. Baekhyun doesn’t want his child to grow without a father but what he can’t stomach more is for his kid to grow up knowing he is unwanted. That’s the last thing he wants. So he ran away, with the money he got from selling his apartment. He doesn’t know how he will cope but he knows he will. For him. For his child.
But fate is really playful sometimes. He got surprised when he saw his brother beat the hell out of Chanyeol. He’s sure the giant was there to win him back but what he is not sure is if he’ll take him if he knew he was pregnant.
“Yeol…why are you here?” Baekhyun’s tone is soft and careful. Cautious of tears that are looming to flow from his droopy eyes. He can’t afford any more heartbreak for he doesn’t know where to pick up the pieces again.
“I missed you Baek. Don’t you ever scare me like that again, okay? Don’t run way Baek.” Chanyeol held on to him tighter when he felt the smaller flinch away. “I thought I’ll go crazy looking for you.”
The giant creates a short distance from their body warmth and held the smaller’s face softly.
“I’m sorry Baek. I know I’m a jerk and I have not been the perfect boyfriend. But please let me prove to you how much you mean to m. Coz you do.”
Baekhyun doesn’t know how to respond to all these. His mind is still in absolute blur. He wanted to give Chanyeol a chance but what about their child?
“I know our date at Marco Polo was a complete disaster. I have nothing to blame but myself. I said some words that you might have misinterpreted.”
Baekhyun’s eyebrows curls in confusion. What was not clear during that night? He already stated that he wanted to be single for life. No contracts. No commitments.
“You know me, I’m not best at saying the right words. And I got nervous. Especially when Kris gate-crashed our dinner for two.” He let Chanyeol continue on. “But that night was supposed to be special. Remember when I told you that I have good news?”
Baekhyun nods. “Yes. You told me you got you won your pitch and there was the other news…that I…didn’t get to hear.”
“And you deserve to hear it now.”
The giant goes down on his lanky knees before getting a small velvet box in his inner pocket. When he finally opened it, a white gold ring emerges in front of Baekhyun’s eyes.
To say that Baekhyun got the shock of his life was an understatement. He felt fuzzy in that moment. Is this real? Is Chanyeol really?
“Chanyeol if this is one of your jokes, I am not slightly amused.” Baekhyun warned.
The taller stands from the rough ground he was kneeling on and moves closer to his boyfriend or should we say soon-to-be husband.
“Me of all people won’t joke about this Baekhyun. I was supposed to propose to you that night. But I got nervous that time. I’ve mastered the art of sweet-talking but clearly marriage proposal is not one of my forte. I got nervous. And even so when Kris Wu came in taunting. I feel like if I gave away too much it will pre-empt my proposal.”
Baekhyun is taking this in one by one. So, Chanyeol did want to marry him! And he was supposed to propose that sweet night at Marco Polo. No wonder why he was gulping all the waters in the restaurant.
“Then why didn’t you say something?”
“Cause you walked out on me. Hand-in-hand with your ex-boyfriend. Do you know how angry and jealous I am?” Chanyeol is now sporting a little smile with high hopes to win back his Baekhyun back.
“Nothing happened Chanyeol. I just asked him to take me to Kyung Soo’s house.”
Chanyeol snakes his left arm, ring still on his other hand in tow. “I know Baek. I trust you. So what do you say, you ready to change your last name with mine?”
Happiness. Happiness is all Baekhyun can ever feel at that moment. Patience is really a virtue. He thought this time will never come but it did. And the ring has never shine brighter in his eyes.
“You sure about this Park Chanyeol? Or are you just using this as an apology?”
The giant scoffs at the silliness of his boyfriend. “Of course I’m sure. I have never been sure in my entire life. That time when you went crazy during Suho and Yi Xing’s party, I wanted to marry you. But I can’t do that if I don’t have anything saved in the bank. You deserve the world Baekhyun and I wanted to give you that. Why would I work my ass out to get that pitch Baek? I wanted to give you a good life. You broke my playboy ways. You loved me and took care of me even through my imperfections. You changed my views and my dreams Baekhyun. And I hope you can grant me this chance to bring you to the altar and made a promise of forever.”
Baekhyun never heard his boyfriend this serious in his whole life. He was both flabbergasted and touched with his words. He didn’t realized how long he and Chanyeol has gone. He felt a bit ashamed of himself for doubting him. No words required. He was too busy getting jealous of people who has tied the knot that he failed to recognize Chanyeol’s effort in giving him that dream.
“You’re awfully quiet Baek. Is that a no or a yes?”
“Just answer me Baek, will you marry me?”
And with a soft touch of their lips he says yes.
“YES! Of course Park Chanyeol! I’ll marry you. I’ll gladly change my surname for you!”
Chanyeol lifts Baekhyun up in his arms in pure bliss and showers him with pepper kisses. He places him on the ground safely and delicately wears the ring to his fiancé’s finger. Baekhyun looks at it in awe. He’s getting married. Finally!
“Thank you Baekhyun! I was getting nervous there for a moment. Now, we have to set the marriage in an earlier date, don’t we?”
Baekhun scrunches his brows from the abrupt statement.
“Why are you in a hurry?! You just proposed for God’s sake!”
“Well, you won’t like seeing your pictures with our little sunspot bulging on your belly don’t you?”
Baekhyun’s jaw dropped. Chanyeol knew?!
“What?!” Baekhyun got out from Chanyeol’s embrace and pushed the lanky guy. “You knew I was pregnant?!”
Chanyeol blinks at him and slowly nods. “Yes, I’ve known since last month.”
“Wha..How did you…When did you…” Babbling. Baekhyun’s babbling.
“I was being a good boyfriend and decided to throw the trash. And I might have seen a pregnancy kit while I was at it.” Chanyeol’s smile is as wide as the Han River. He can’t believe he is getting married to the love of his life and having their first child. What an adventure they will have together.
“And you’re okay with that?”
“Of course I’m ready for Park Jr.! I’ve never been excited to teach someone my ways.”
Both of them laughed at the remark when Chanyeol squealed with the pang of pain in his jaw. Thanks to his future brother-in-law.
“Oh, you poor thing. That’s going to scar in the morning.” Baekhyun inspects the worn-out face of the giant.
“You do realize that I got punched twice because of you right?” Chanyeol playfully guilt-tripping his fiancé.
“You deserve it you punk!” Baekhyun punched him lightly on the shoulder. “Now, let’s get you some ice okay? I’m sure Hyung will forgive you once he knows that we’re engaged.”
“Okay Park Baekhyun.”