Alexander clutched his friend in a bear hug, grinning. He had not seen Sam in what seemed like forever. Ever since his friend gave birth to a chubby baby boy, it was only natural that Sam and his partner barely had time to socialize.
"It's been a while, my friend. You are looking good, though!" Alexander said. Sam had gained some weight post-pregnancy and his chest seemed slightly paunchy, but not overly so. He looked radiant and Alexander couldn't help but think that being a dad suited his blushing friend. As they all grabbed a table and ordered their food, Tian asked, "I am glad you guys could take a couple of hours for yourselves. So, where's Earth now?"
"Oh, Sam’s mom and sister had not seen him in a while so they agreed to babysit until we got back. They seemed excited." Sam nodded at his husband, smiling. His mom had been ecstatic to have Earth for a few hours.
"So, how's everything with you guys? Tian, has Kevin finalized that contract with that Chinese company? He seemed to be away a lot lately..." Sam asked.
Tian nodded as he sipped his water, "Yes, he's working really hard on that. Hopefully, everything will turn out good."
"Yes, I am sure it will. Kevin has been diligent in working towards expanding his company. It's really admirable how much he has achieved in just past 2-3 years." Pete pitched in as everyone nodded.
It was surprising how quickly Kevin had taken-over his uncle's company and steered it towards international success. None of his friends even knew that their friend had such a great sense in business.
"What about you Alex? What do you plan after you graduate?" Pete asked, as their food as placed and they started to dig in. But suddenly the light mood had vanished as both Alexander and Tian glanced at each other and grew silent. Sam picked up on the tension immediately.
"What? What is going on? Alexander, you better tell me right now! Tian, is this the real reason we are here today?"
As Alex shook his head, trying to tell Sam and everything was okay, Tian sighed and said, "You are right, Sam. We are here because our Alex refuses to stop being an idiot and grow the fuck up, already!"
"Oh my god! Don't tell me we are still discussing the same thing with this guy Tian? Alex, it has been four fucking years! How could you?"
Tian nodded as he put his chopsticks down, "Exactly! Tell him Sam. Put some sense into this guy. Daniel is devastated. You don't know how broken he looked last night when he sought us out. He thinks Alex here is no longer interested in him or loves him. Can you believe it? Our Alex not in love with his Omega?"
Sam shook his head disappointedly, even as Pete looked confused. "Umm..I don't understand..?"
Sam snorted, "Our Alex here has this mighty idea that the fated souls must not mate until they are settled enough to start a family.."
"Sam, that's not how.." Alex started but was cut off surprisingly by Pete.
"What do you mean? Haven't you been with your fated for like forever now?"
"Right. But Alex here refuses to claim his Omega until he finishes his studies, starts on his job.." Sam explained.
Pete looked at his fated, horrified, "You mean they haven't..umm..haven't..like in all this time..?" Sam nodded. "How is that possible? How could you even stand it? Do you leave him alone to suffer through his heats?"
Alex snapped up, angry, "What do you mean? Do you think I will leave my love alone like that?"
Pete looked even more frazzled now, "But..but..how can you even stand it?"
"I am strong, I have command over my instincts like no other. And I have to be strong if I want to give my Omega everything he ever wants. I don't ever want to feel like I can't give him a comfortable life. It's different when the Alpha is older and Pete, you already have your father's business. It's not how it is for me."
Pete banged his hands on the table and stood up, "And then what, huh? Hmm? Do you realize that you would have to start at the bottom of any company as a fresh graduate? You think you will be able to give everything you wish to your Omega with your meager salary? How long would your fated have to wait then? Huh? Are you even being truthful to yourself? Is this really the reason you are delaying or is it something else?"
Sam was startled seeing Pete's reaction. Pete was hot-headed, yes, but lately he had not made a scene like this. Sam reached out for his husband's arm, "Alpha..."
Just that and Pete seemed to calm down. He relaxed and sat back in his chair, "You know what Sammy? I think your friend has been lying to everyone. He doesn't want to be tied down. I think he still wants to be able to play the field, so to speak. Daniel doesn't deserve someone like him, someone who doesn't love him enough.."
Alexander was up and one swift move was holding Pete by the collar. Alexander's eyes were blazing with anger as he pulled the older man, their faces close, eyes challenging.
"Don't you dare, Pete. There is no one else, there never has been and there will never be..My Danny is all I will ever have."
Pete caught Alex's hands and pulled out of his hold. He stood back straightening his shirt. "Then make sure you don't lose him, Alpha. Why not just give him what he needs, and you need? Why not, Alex?"
Alexander made an irritated noise, "Because I don't want to Accidently impregnate him, when we are both not ready.." It was definitely a dig at Sam and Pete.
It was Sam who stood up now, "Hey! I only got pregnant coz I was not on birth control. You know this, Alex!"
"But everything could have been avoided if you had just waited, right? If Pete here had not claimed you so soon.."
Alex's words were unexpected and it just angered Sam, "I wouldn't change a thing, right now, Alex! I wouldn't give up Earth for anything!! Do you even realize what you are saying?"
"Okay okay okay, everybody calm down, please." Tian who had been silent so far stood up and tried to get everyone to calm down and sit down again. He asked everyone to settle down again.
"I'm sorry Sam, I didn't mean," Alex said after a few minutes. The friend nodded, "I know what you meant, Alex."
"Hey, didn't you say you took precautions, Sam?" Tian asked.
Sam looked at Tian, "We used suppressants and condoms, but.."
"But Sam's doctor said due to him being prone to anemia, birth control pills would do more harm than good. So, we talked and decided to let things take their course. We did use condoms and suppressants, but they are not foolproof. That is not to say and we are not ecstatic about Earth." Pete explained. Then he smirked and bumped his Omega’s shoulder, "Besides, Sammy looked adorable pregnant, all chubby and pink.." Sam blushed furiously beside him as Tian and Alex chuckled shaking their heads. These two had been like this ever since their families approved of them.
Tian cleared his throat, "Actually, birth control pills are not foolproof either. Especially, during the heats."
"They are not?" Alex looked surprised.
Tian shook his head as he called for the check, "They are not, Alex. They are also not, like Sam's doctor said, totally healthy." He swallowed, turned to his friend and placed his hand on his friend's shoulder, "Look Alex. This is nature. We don't mess with it, it doesn't work like that. If two people are happy and healthy together then, nature will bless them, especially if you want to be blessed. It has nothing to do with being mated or not or being on pills or suppressants. If the state of mind is there, what needs to happen will happen. This is why it is said that stress in a relationship or outside of it is not good if you want to have kids. Do you understand what I am saying?"
Alexander swallowed, trying to take in what his friend was saying. Nature. He understood that. Nature. Nature has a purpose, a goal that was meant to be. He had never thought of it like that. Many couples couldn't bear children, and they tried desperately, all therapies and procedures but in vain. And here he was.. His thoughts drifted off to his Omega, all alone and needing him, needing him to understand. His Danny was trying to get him to see something that was so natural, but he was being…stupid. His friends were right, he was just an idiot. Tian pulled Alex into a hug when his eyes started to glisten. Tian realized that something had finally clicked in Alex's mind and that this dinner was not a waste.
Kevin sat down in front of a broken Daniel after ordering their food. He placed chilled banana milk in front of his friend and sipped his ice-tea slowly. Daniel was silent but he did take a few sips of his favorite drink before looking up at his friend."So how was work, today? Everything okay?"Daniel nodded, "Hmm. We are preparing for the annual contest. After being third last year, I think we will win this time, fair and square.""Good good. It's good that you are concentrating and working hard. Do you still plan to move to production? I mean, you did choose to remain in procurement when you were given a place in production last year."Daniel nodded, "Production fascinates me a lot, but now procurement is interesting as well. Maybe I will change when I am an expert in procurement. My knowledge will only help production, right?""Yes, true." Kevin agreed and they both fell silent. There was an elephant in the room and they both knew it. However,
Tian and Alexander were walking out of the college building, exhausted. Both of them had had a long day, where morning was spent touching up their final projects and the afternoon was spent presenting the same. Their work had gone well and Tian knew Kevin would be proud of him. With constant interruptions and failed attempts to get any alone time, Tian had lost hope of getting anything tonight as well. Looking at Alexander's behavior throughout the day, he was sure that his friend was not in the state of mind to pick things up with Daniel at least today. They were walking out to the cafeteria to grab a drink and were going to head out. Tian ordered their coffees and returned to where Alex was waiting just as the latter's phone buzzed. Alex was surprised to see that it was Kevin calling."Hello Kevin. Did you want to talk to Tian?" Alex laughed at something that Kevin said, "No,..I just.. Yes of course, that would be good. We are both done with the classes and presentation. Ti
It was Friday evening and Daniel knew he was stretching this whole thing a little too much. He thought his friends too were getting tired of him by now. He had been living at Kevin's since Monday night. He knew he needed to see Alexander but the more he had waited to talk to him, the harder it had gotten. Now he was at a state where he didn't know what to do or to think. He knew the only reason Alexander had not sought him out was that his Alpha knew him well to know he needed space. However, he knew everyone was getting tired of this stalemate situation. The weird message he received from Kevin this afternoon was just the proof. Kevin had messaged him this afternoon, saying that something had to be done about the situation. Daniel was to go to his favorite restaurant, terrace restaurant, straight from work where Kevin would be waiting for him. He didn't know what to think. All his friends knew this was Daniel's favorite place to celebrate anything, so it was not a surprise that Kev
Kevin pulled Tian onto the couch beside him and made him sit down. The younger man had been nervous and pacing around the house ever since the two had helped Alexander plan his intervention. Kevin had put on his favorite movie, just to distract Tian but the Omega was still not settled.Kevin held his partner by the shoulder, "Tian, calm down please. Your pacing is making me dizzy. Besides, Alex promised he would call and update us on the situation." Tian sulked."I am worried Keav. Those two have not had such an intense fight ever before. I have never seen Daniel so angry and hopeless at the same time. I just hope..Those two would not survive away from each other.."Kevin sighed and nodded, "I am sure both of them know this, Tian. I am sure, Alex will do ..." The older man was interrupted by a message ping on his phone. But before he could even move, Tian had already grabbed his phone and was looking at the message. Kevin saw a smile bloom on Tian's face and kne
Tian felt something wet and soft tickling at his ankle. He tried to shake it off but it just moved up over the calf and this is when Tian noticed that his boxers had been discarded off. A few seconds later Tian shot awake as he felt gentle biting and nibbling at his left nipple, one of his most sensitive areas. This is when he realized that he needed something more than sleep and his Alpha was kindly providing it.It was Saturday morning and both of them had the day off. Last night Tian and Kevin were terribly worried about the meeting between Daniel and Alexander and were able to relax only when they had received the message. However, by the time they headed to bed, both were exhausted mentally and physically, and had ended up cuddling and falling asleep. So now, Tian was happy to know that his partner had been just as desperate for him as he was for his Alpha.Tian clutched at the head full of dark black locks and pushed it down harder and moaned loudly. He could fee
Time-Lapse: Graduation Day"Cheers!!" everyone screamed. Tian and Alexander, along with their friends and batchmates, were all certified Engineers today. Alexander as well as couple of his friends had already accepted job offers while Tian was planning on pursuing further studies. The entire group jumped up and down chanting the Engineering song as they threw their black caps high in the air. They took numerous photos, from every angle and every person present. They cheered and high-fived and hugged each other as the overwhelming happiness as well as melancholic feelings took over them. Daniel, Kevin, Pete and Sam stood to the side watching as the friends celebrated together. It was as if they had forgotten they had others who cared about them.It was Kevin who approached the group when he realized that the friends would not stop their exuberant behavior anytime soon. He tapped Tian's shoulder, who turned around and immediately brightened up a
Daniel was surprised when Alexander returned home merely two hours after he left. The older man was preparing some shrimp rice for himself when two strong arms wrapped around him from behind and Alex nuzzled his neck. Daniel smiled when the younger man leaned in and whispered, "You smell good love.."Daniel turned around and smiled, "You are back early. I was not expecting you until at least midnight.""There was no point in staying when I was thinking of you constantly.."Daniel mock slapped him, "Liar! Don't act cute with me..""You are the cute one my lovely Omega..." Alex said as he leaned down to capture Daniel's pink lips with his own. Just as the kiss was getting heated though, Alexander moved back and let go of his partner. Daniel looked confused but then Alexander clapped his hands twice, "Come on love..we need to get going. You will love this.""Get going? Alexander, what's going on?""It's a surprise Love. Get dressed please. How
Alexander didn't know how long they had been lying there, cuddling, but he realized that he should check on Daniel and clean them both up before sleeping. He brought a warm wet towel from the bathroom and started wiping his lover. Daniel opened his eyes and smiled serenely. Alexander smiled back."You bled a little, Babe. How do you feel?" Daniel smiled sheepishly."Perfect." Alex shook his head and chuckled but pressed further."No love. Seriously, are you in any pain? Did I hurt you?"Daniel sighed and sat up slowly. He took Alex’s face in his both hands and kissed him slowly."I am really great, my Alpha. I might be slightly sore tomorrow, but you were gentle and loving and just..perfect." Alexander grinned. He put back the cloth in the morning and lay back beside beloved. He took his Daniel in his arms and sighed contentedly."You will go on birth control, from tomorrow, right?" Alexander and Daniel had visited their doctor, who ha