Baekhyun had just woken up from a nap, messing with a string of shells that Minseok claimed a beta puppy named Zitao made for him, it was pretty, and he had been really happy when given the item.
The leathers shifted and Baekhyun stiffened as he heard the tell all heavy footsteps walk in, quickly rolling onto his other side and pretending not to notice.
“I can hear you playing with something.”
Baekhyun only pulled the furs up to his waist and ignored Chanyeol's deep voice sending goosebumps down his back.
The alpha sighed, moving to start stoking the fire, “I brought you a new covering, I heard you needed one.”
“I also heard you were injured today, I’d like to check but I know you’d never allow that, so at least tell me so I can get some rest tonight,” Chanyeol requested.
Baekhyun frowned and pressed his cheek down onto the back of his hands, listening.
“I have a big hunt tomorrow, we’re going after a bear, so I need a lot of rest, Baekhyun. I’m only asking that you tell me you’re okay, because you know if not I’ll be pacing outside the hut all night without sleep.”
The omega kicked his foot out before rolling over onto the other side and meeting Chanyeol's eyes.
The alpha looked honest, like he was extremely concerned.
Baekhyun furrowed his brows at the look because he knew mates were supposed to be concerned with the others health, but he hadn’t ever heard of an alpha physically unable to rest or anything of the sort because the other was in pain.
He felt bad, and he also was worried the alpha would get injured if not well rested.
A bear was strong, a hit to the head was enough to take years of memories out of an alphas head, Baekhyun had heard rumors of similar things happening.
Baekhyun licked his lips before opening his mouth wide.
The alpha instantly relaxed, shuffling the closest he had ever been to Baekhyun unless the omega was asleep, sitting on his knees. “Can I touch? I can’t see well.”
Baekhyun gave him a tiny nod.
The sigh that passed Chanyeol's lips when he grabbed Baekhyun's cheek to turn his head towards the light could have been the cause of the whimper that passed Baekhyun's throat, or it was the skin contact in general, he couldn’t be sure when Chanyeol was hooking a finger into his lip to hold his mouth open and looking so concerned.
Baekhyun's tongue accidentally brushed the alphas finger and it was enough for Chanyeol to pull his hand back, looking slightly apologetic for getting carried away. “I’m sorry, I was concerned, it looks painful.”
It wasn’t really painful anymore, more of a scratch, but Baekhyun really hated the taste of blood and he kept tasting it every once in a while.
“I’ll bring you soft things until- I mean I’ll send soft foods until it heals, and I’ll make sure to pick the bones out personally, I’m worried about how flat your teeth are, you must not have grown up hunting much or at all.”
Chanyeol was right, but Baekhyun was slightly embarrassed at him picking up such things just from his teeth shapes, he blushed and laid back down on the bedding.
“Minseok told me you spoke to him today, thank you, he was really happy.” The alpha started up again and Baekhyun felt like telling him to leave, but didn’t because just him sitting so close, yet so far from the bedding was rescenting everything, and he feared he wouldn’t sleep once the scent faded.
Briefly, he wondered how and where Chanyeol was sleeping in general, but forced himself to ignore his worry.
“Our injured alpha, Sehun, he’s about fifteen now, he’s been asking about yo-“
“The arrow?” Baekhyun sat up on his elbow.
Chanyeol licked his lips and tore his eyes away from the omegas smooth and revealed skin that was shown as the bedding moved, “Yes. He was fishing when it occurred, I had never seen a sight so gruesome before, our river ran red for days until a storm wiped it clean. He’s still bed resting.”
Baekhyun's heart sank because he couldn’t even imagine the sight of them finding a puppy being so badly injured in a bed of water that could have easily washed him away. “Is… he…”
“He’ll be fine,” The alpha soothed, a sort of clicking in his throat that had Baekhyun's muscles relaxing, “His leg… is not very good now, but the arrow hit him in the calf, straight through, a second in the ribs. They must have noticed it wasn’t an animal and fled, cowardly.”
Baekhyun normally would take offense to such statements about his pack, but even he couldn’t defend against such brutal crime, much less towards a puppy.
Maybe he needed to go see this little alpha soon, but at the same time he felt it would be wrong to do so, a betrayal towards his pack.
But they hadn’t denied the attack in the first place, only covered it up, and that didn’t sit well with Baekhyun at all.
Instead, he didn’t respond to Chanyeol and rolled onto his other side, giving the alpha his back instead and cringing at the disappointed noise he got from the alpha when he realized his time was up, and Baekhyun wanted him to leave.
“I know… you don’t need or want me, Baekhyun,” Chanyeol whispered, heartbreakingly and Baekhyun squeezed his eyes shut. “But… just… just allow me to see you a bit longer, please. You don’t need to talk, and you don’t need to look at me, I just want to smell you and look at you.”
“... okay,” He said under his breath, bringing a fur up to cover his face.
Baekhyun felt a finger drift along his spine then and touching wasn’t mentioned, but he didn’t stop Chanyeol from laying a full, warm and calloused palm on his back before it was abruptly taking itself away and a fur was being pulled up his back instead.
“So beautiful,” He heard, barely a whisper before Baekhyun heard receding footsteps out the hut.
Baekhyun lied and said he didn’t miss the warmth Chanyeol gave.