This wasn’t exactly his choice, more of mother nature’s choice to force him outside the hut.
Because Baekhyun felt disgusting and was in need of a bath, and he learned the giant bowl of water in the next room over was for bathing , so that was what he had been using, but now the water was too dirty, and Minseok had said in order for it to be drained he needed to go outside the hut to drain it and then refill it with clean river water.
It sounded like so much work, and the only time Baekhyun had even gone from the hut was to sneak into the forest behind it to go about his business when he was positive nobody was around.
Even then, he hadn’t taken time to look around and explore at all.
But, that sounded like so much work, way too much for him to do - but he had no choice, and he was taking a deep breath, dressed in his new covering and walking outside into the sun.
The new covering was beautiful, a whitish tan color and so beautifully skinned like the bedding Baekhyun was now obsessed with.
He noticed now his skin was much paler than normal. Probably from spending almost two and a half weeks hidden, but Baekhyun just felt awkward now because everyone was staring at him, and he realized he didn’t know the way.
He looked around a little at all the staring eyes and saw Minseok, about to approach him when he noticed the beta he was latched into and scowled.
Stupid beta that had pinned him to the ground.
At least he looked far less threatening without bones and paintings, more childish than Baekhyun recalled with tiger-like lips.
“Omega! Chiefs omega!”
He jumped at the omega bouncing towards him, and bowed a few times at a few pack members who instantly started regarding him with gawked expressions and bows.
Baekhyun's mouth was instantly pulling into a grin at the puppy skipping over, probably only about five or so years old, a huge pretty smile on his face and a handful of flowers as he nakedly ran over.
He knelt down to the puppy immediately, because he was adorable.
“Cheif ‘mega flow’r, here go!” The puppy cried, pressing the flowers into Baekhyun's chest.
Baekhyun beamed, sniffing slightly, an omega puppy. He wasn’t surprised when the pup radiated such sweet energy, “Oh, thank you, what’s your name? You want to put them in my hair?” He cooed, ducking his head towards the pups level.
The noise he got was more of a screech than anything, “Tae! Name is Tae, can make lots of things now, you know?”
Baekhyun giggled at his excitement and didn’t say a word when the puppy yanked his hair too hard in his excitement to thread flowers into his curls.
“Taemin, you’re too much.”
Baekhyun glanced up at the omega that had first called him chiefs omega and was immediately reminded he shouldn’t be so relaxed.
“Lu lu! My friend!” Taemin cried in defense when the older omega pulled him back.
“You’re supposed to be learning right now, I’m sure you can have plenty of play time with your friend after.”
Baekhyun licked his lips nervously and climbed to his feet, eyeing the scars and carvings in this omegas skin. He was a warrior, but his face was so pretty Baekhyun hadnt ever seen anything like it, and he could recall the omega taking down alphas in the invasion.
He should definitely be afraid of this omega.
“Hello, my name is Luhan. I don’t think I really… need to introduce you to the pack though.” Luhan said a bit awkwardly.
Baekhyun laughed, crossing his arms and gulping, “I just… I need more… more, new bathing water… I don’t know where the river is or the buckets to bring it back.”
Luhan’s eyes widened slightly, “That’s… not usually something omegas do, it’s really heavy to bring that much water back.”
“I… have nothing better to do,” Baekhyun mumbled.
Chanyeol grunted under his breath, muscles tensed and strained as he carried the last log over to the pile before wiping the sweat off his forehead and looking up to fix Kyungsoo with a glare, “Why do you need these again?”
“Fixing the bridge over the river, don’t look so bothered.” The omega ordered, rolling his eyes and smirking at the alphas irritation.
“Hey, isn’t that your mate?”
Chanyeol frowned at Jongin before turning around and shocking himself at Baekhyun and Luhan standing across the river, both filling buckets of water and laughing at something.
He hadn’t ever seen Baekhyun smile before, let alone laugh, and it was downright painfully beautiful.
It didn’t help that even yards away he could see even the smallest of details on his mates face, even down to the scrunch of his nose when he laughed.
Baekhyun was really a sight to behold, adorable with randomly colored flowers barely hanging on in his hair, a few flying off with the breeze.
Chanyeol felt like he couldn’t stand up anymore and had to turn to grab the pile of logs in order to not collapse.
“Really lucky man, better keep an eye out for the unmated ones. Yixing said his pack didn’t care for mates, they just mate randomly.”
Chanyeol couldn't help scowling at his head alpha even if he was right, and it would explain a lot of Baekhyun's anger towards him, but the omega hadn’t really said anything about not wanting a mate.
Only about his overwhelming and painful hatred about Chanyeol killing and attacking some of his pack.
But, the alpha couldn’t exactly take that back.
He watched Luhan start dragging his bucket of water away easily and couldn’t help the small chuckle when Baekhyun tried to lift his from the river and couldn’t even get it out.
“I’ll be back,” Chanyeol stated, climbing over the wood to get towards the river and ignoring his packs sly comments as he trudged easily through the water.
Baekhyun was huffing by the time Chanyeol got on his side of the river, and it was so cute the alpha took a second just to look at him before clearing his throat, “You need help?”
He expected Baekhyun to downright scream at him again when they locked eyes, saw the omegas eyes waver in thought before he nodded slightly, “It's going too fast, the water is too strong.”
The current was strong today, but not by that much, Chanyeol just fixed a grin on his face and purposely brushed his arm against Baekhyun's when he grabbed the handle of the bucket, yanking it out of the water.
Standing so close, Chanyeol could really tell how small the omega was, they hadn’t ever stood chest to chest before, it was always Baekhyun standing on one end of the hut or laying down.
But god his mate was tiny and adorable, barely reaching his shoulders and kept sniffing.
Chanyeol hoped it was because he liked his scent, but couldn’t be positive.
“What do you need water for?”
“Bath..” The omega whispered, stepping back and pointing towards the huts.
“You should have told me, I’ll make sure to start checking from now on.”
Baekhyun didn’t respond, and Chanyeol started chewing the inside of his cheek disappointed as he assumed the omega was done talking already, but it wasn’t unexpected.
He shifted the bucket to one hand and sighed, turning to walk towards the hut, and was surprised when Baekhyun started walking beside him, not close, but within reach.
“What are you doing with the wood? I… was curious.”
Chanyeol had half a mind to ask if he was watching him, if he liked what he saw because he would give a show of strength if that was Baekhyun's attraction, and he had a lot of muscles to show off, he was proud of his form.
And Baekhyun should definitely be proud of his own, Chanyeol mused, trailing his eyes over his mate's lithe form when the omega walked a bit ahead of him. Pale, thin legs covered from mid thigh up and from his navel up was bare.
“We’re rebuilding the bridge to make it easier for the pups to cross and not have to worry as much about them getting pulled in by the current.”
The smallest of smiles was on Baekhyun's face when he turned to look over his shoulder.
Chanyeol didn’t even care that they were done talking for the day, because that was enough of a prize for an entire week.
At least he learned a few things.
Baekhyun was the most beautiful thing he had ever seen, loved flowers, and really liked to hear about puppies.