Big and Small
Baekhyun’s soft little hands on the crotch area of Kai’s shorts shouldn’t have bothered him so much, but it did. Chanyeol realized he thought about Baekhyun more than he should have been and he didn’t understand why. Deciding to completely lock Baekhyun out most of the time was the only way Chanyeol could find himself concentrating a little bit on his work.
Baekhyun didn’t like the feeling of being shunned. He figured he wasn’t used to it since Chanyeol was always sticking his nose in his business. The lack of attention he was getting from Chanyeol was a bit depressing, but the amount of attention given to Kris’ royal highness was slightly irritating to him—even more irritating was Kris’ lack of boundaries when it came to Chanyeol.
Often times, Baekhyun would try and get some interaction out of Chanyeol because he had to admit that he missed his arguments and cross-fire insults with the giant. But since Chanyeol spent most of his time in his little work room, the only time Baekhyun would see him was when Chanyeol left the room to go to the bathroom.
Using Nugget as an excuse, Baekhyun burst into the main hall’s bathroom—coincidentally the same bathroom Chanyeol was about to use—and nudged Chanyeol away from the toilet.
“What the hell are you doing!?” Chanyeol cried as he was practically shoved against the wall.
“Nugget needed to pee,” Baekhyun mumbled as he set Nugget’s hind legs on the edge of the toilet seat while holding most of his body.
Chanyeol frowned at the stupid reason for Baekhyun’s intrusion. “One, the dog can pee outside. Two, he won’t pee in the fucking bowl. His fucking penis is gonna shoot piss on the damn wall. Now get out.”
“But I’m trying to teach Nugget how to—”
Chanyeol waved him off and pushed him aside in the direction of the door. “I don’t have time for you right now, Baekhyun. Go away,” Chanyeol said in a hard tone.
Baekhyun pursed his lips and out of self-defense shrugged. “Fine,” he muttered, carrying Nugget under his arm. “Let’s go outside, baby. Chanyeol’s just being pissy…” Baekhyun said, mumbling the words to Nugget.
Chanyeol watched as Baekhyun dragged his feet out of the bathroom. Then he slammed the palm of both his hands on the sink counter, lowering his head as he groaned in utter frustration due to the fact that if Baekhyun had burst in a little later than when he had, he just might’ve caught Chanyeol touching himself.
In the laundry room, Baekhyun loaded all of Chanyeol’s things in the washer, but when Nugget kept barking all of a sudden, Baekhyun had to turn around and see what was bothering the dog. When he turned his head, he saw Nugget in threatened stance, barking at one of Chanyeol’s socks.
Baekhyun laughed and scrunched down. He picked up the sock by the end and shoved it in Nugget’s face, which Nugget didn’t like and backed away. “What’s wrong, baby? You don’t like it?”
Again, Baekhyun swayed the sock in front of Nugget and Nugget backed off, growling. Despite the growl, Baekhyun couldn’t help, but laugh at the pup’s sudden anger over the sock. Once again, Baekhyun put the sock right in front of Nugget’s nose, but this time, Nugget had enough and fought back, biting the sock and ripping it out of Baekhyun’s hand.
Alarmed at the aggression, Baekhyun frowned and tried to take the sock back. “Nugget, give the nasty sock back to dad!” he commanded, but Nugget wouldn’t listen. It was after the both of them heard a small tear that Nugget let go and Baekhyun won the tug of war.
Standing up, Baekhyun inspected the sock. He saw where the tear was made, but he also saw a hole where Nugget’s teeth had sunk in and created. Baekhyun frowned for a while as he thought of Chanyeol’s possible reactions, but then he decided he didn’t care and threw the sock in the washer along with the rest.
As the evening came, Kyungsoo was in the midst of cooking alongside Kai who was trying to keep up with Kyungsoo’s commands when Baekhyun came out of the hall with Kai’s backpack on his shoulders. Kyungsoo stopped asking Kai to get this and that and Kai stopped working as the two of them watched Baekhyun.
“Where’re you going?” Kyungsoo asked as his eyes moved down to Baekhyun’s hand where he was holding Nugget’s red leash.
“Somewhere,” Baekhyun answered back. He looped Nugget’s leash end to a chair and hurried to the front door to get his shoes. When he came back, he quickly put them on before taking the leash back into hand.
“Baekhyun, ‘somewhere’ isn’t an answer,” Kyungsoo argued. When Baekhyun didn’t decide to explain any further, Kyungsoo handed Kai the knife in his hand and followed Baekhyun out to the back deck when he stepped outside.
"Wait!" Kai called out from behind. "What about the—"
"Just keep stirring!" Kyungsoo replied sharply.
Kai caught the sharp edge of Kyungsoo's tone and threw a look his way. "Okay, geez..." he muttered before turning his attention away from what could be happening outside.
After Kyungsoo left the kitchen duties in the hands of Kai, the kitchen wanna-be, he caught up with Baekhyun just as Baekhyun was descending on the stairs leading to the clear trail out to the ocean.
"Baekhyun! I'm asking you again! Where are you going!?" Kyungsoo cried just before he reached out and pulled Baekhyun to a halt. "The sun's almost gone and you know how Chanyeol feels about you going into the ocean when it's dusk!"
Baekhyun blinked. With his free hand, he reached over to the side of Kai's backpack and took out a flashlight. Then he turned it on and flashed it in Kyungsoo's face, causing him to let go.
"I'm not going in the ocean," Baekhyun said. "I'm taking Nugget out for a picnic."
Kyungsoo gave him an incredulous look. "A picnic!? It's almost dark out!"
"But you can see the stars better in the open dark," Baekhyun mumbled as he looked up and pointed his flashlight down.
"This is crazy, Baekhyun!" Kyungsoo said exasperatedly. "You can't have a picnic in the dark with a dog! Come back inside. I'm almost done..."
"It'll be fine, Kyung," Baekhyun whined. "We'll just be right over there kinda," he reasoned, pointing the light to the beach directly down the trail.
"Baekhyun," Kyungsoo said scoldingly. "Chanyeol's not going to like this. You know that. Why're you doing this when you know he's just going to get mad at you!?"
"He's not gonna get mad at me," Baekhyun sighed. "Like I said, I'll just be right over there."
"What about dinner?"
"I made myself a sandwich a while ago and I packed dog food in one of your tiny containers."
Kyungsoo shut his lips. He wasn't about to address the fact that Baekhyun used one of his food containers to store dog food inside it.
"Fine, but seriously, Baek! Chanyeol's—"
"He's not going to care."
"When the hell has he never cared about anything that you decide to do?"
Baekhyun sighed. "He won't care because I'll be right there. It's not like I'm running away. I'm just gonna sit and eat a sandwich with Nugget."
Kyungsoo knew he wasn't going to win the argument knowing how stubborn Baekhyun was. Crossing his arms, Kyungsoo conceded. "Fine—But when Chanyeol comes and asks me where you are, I'm not covering for you. If you get yelled at, I won't care." He huffed and moved his bangs off to the side. "Now, if you'll excuse me, your friend's probably burning down my kitchen because he's a little shit and lied about knowing how to cook."
Baekhyun couldn't help but chuckle at Kyungsoo's critique on Kai. Maybe he didn't fully understand how Kai's job mainly involved him serving food, not cooking it. Either way, it didn't matter. Baekhyun won his uninsured freedom for the night and began to lead Nugget off to the shore line.
When they got to where Baekhyun had told Kyungsoo he would be, he realized that the light pollution from the house interfered with the night sky. He looked around and with the fading light of the sun, he saw a hill not too far from the house. By estimation, it was a five to ten minute walk.
Walking with Nugget by his side, Baekhyun led the two of them farther and farther away from the house.
At the dinner table, Chanyeol immediately noticed the empty seat which Baekhyun should've been occupying. Before he could even start, Kyungsoo beat him to the punch.
"He's outside with Nugget." When Kyungsoo saw the look on Chanyeol's face, he calmly elaborated. "He's sitting on the beach, eating a sandwich and feeding his dog. He said it was something like a night picnic."
"He's at the beach?"
"Just outside," Kyungsoo nodded. "He's not swimming. He's just sitting down."
"Well, did you check on him?" Chanyeol questioned.
Kyungsoo paused and all eyes at the table were on him. "No...but I'm trusting him."
When Chanyeol didn't like the answer and had a gut feeling inside of him that told him that something was off, he stood up from his seat. "Kyungsoo, you didn't check on him. The guy could be—"
"Chanyeol, let him breathe," Sehun interrupted, garnering the attention of everyone. "Isn't he twenty-two years old? He can take care of himself. We all know he's weird, but he'd never do something that'd endanger his dog. Leave him alone for once. You're driving yourself crazy with him."
After Sehun's last remark, Chanyeol sat back down, because in reality, Sehun was right. He was driving himself into insanity with Baekhyun. Laying off and not caring was probably for the best for them both.
Baekhyun's hand gently stroked Nugget who was laying on his chest. Getting comfortable in the blanket underneath him, Baekhyun struggled to keep his eyes awake so instead he told himself he'd just close them.
Even though he couldn't see the stars anymore, Baekhyun continued to stroke and whisper about them to Nugget.
"Nugs, if we were constellations, you'd be the Little Dipper and I'd be the Big Dipper...We'd be a cute constellation couple, wouldn't we?" Baekhyun sleepily chuckled before yawning. "It's a nice pairing—big and small...I think we would make a cute constellation couple..."
Yawning one last time before being dragged down by sleep, Baekhyun let out a content sigh.
"And the best part is, the two dippers are never too far apart from each other..."
It was around midnight when Kris finally decided to get out of bed because of a feeling he had in his gut ever since dinner. Putting on his black coat, Kris trudged out of the house through the back door and began to search for Baekhyun who he knew hadn't returned yet.
When Baekhyun wasn't anywhere near the house, Kris grumbled some sleepy curses before looking around him. He could either go left or right, but he decided to go in the direction of a small hill.
Kris was half-awake, but for the most part, he was a walking shell of a human. After walking for so many minutes, he almost didn't react when he stumbled upon Baekhyun and Nugget's sleeping bodies. Nugget had slid off Baekhyun's body and was sleeping a little off to the side.
"Oh, there you are, sweet ass..." Kris yawned. He licked his dry lips for a second before kneeling down on Baekhyun's blanket. "I'm just gonna...join you, beautiful..."
Nudging Baekhyun to scoot over, Kris laid himself down and immediately closed his eyes. In his sleep, Baekhyun rolled over, facing Kris, then he swung an arm and a leg over Kris' body. Kris in return grumbled and threw an arm on Baekhyun, reaching and touching his ass.
"Fuck, this is nice..." Kris mumbled before falling asleep.
"Shut up, Chanyeol..." Baekhyun softly replied before delving to sleep again.
The hours went by and the night only grew colder. One gust of cold air hit Baekhyun's sensitive body and woke him up. At first he just stirred, but then he rubbed his eyes and started to pull away from the large body next to him.
"Yah...Chanyeol, get out of my bed...Close the window..." Baekhyun grumbled. When the body didn't move and the air kept hitting him, Baekhyun sat up. "Chany—"
Baekhyun stopped when his mind quickly realized where he was at: outside. He scrambled to find his flashlight and when he did, he immediately flashed it to the body next to him. To his awkward surprise, he found Kris instead of what he thought was Chanyeol.
It took a second for him to realize he had just slept with Kris. It wasn't suppose to be funny, but Baekhyun cracked a tired smile anyways.
Waking Kris up, Baekhyun rubbed his eyes. "Yah... Tree man, wake up..." Kris wouldn't wake so Baekhyun slapped his face. "Come on..."
Kris groaned in pain ,but nonetheless woke up. Even though Kris was a heavy sleeper, he was more awake than Baekhyun right then. Baekhyun took his tired time putting his backpack on and grabbing the blanket with an arm. Kris took up the job of carrying Nugget.
As they were walking back, Baekhyun would find himself stumbling often, so Kris took him by the hand and let Baekhyun lean against him.
"Your hand..." Baekhyun mumbled. "It's big like Chanyeol's..."
"It's better than Chanyeol's..."
Baekhyun hummed. "Not really. His hand's softer. You need to moisturize, Kris..."
Chanyeol sat on one of the kitchen stools, constantly looking at the time. It was three in the morning and Baekhyun still wasn't in his room. The fucker wasn't outside, nor was he at the hammock area. Chanyeol even checked the empty rooms and Baekhyun wasn't in any of them.
For the past hours, all Chanyeol heard was silence. When he heard the back door slide open, he immediately lifted his head up.
At first, relief flooded him, but the fact that he saw Kris destroyed that relief. Why was Kris with him? When did Kris even leave the house? What the hell was Baekhyun doing and why the fuck was he, Park Chanyeol, giving an actual shit?
Kris saw the expression on Chanyeol's face morph into something more dangerous and quickly dropped Baekhyun's hand. He gently turned Nugget over to Baekhyun, who still looked tired as hell, and then gave his face one stroke.
"I'm going back to my room," he told Baekhyun, offering a smile. "I'll see you in a few hours. I like your voice by the way. It's nice." Kris smirked and left with that smirk as he padded his way back to his room.
As he was leaving, Chanyeol didn't take his attention off Baekhyun and the two of them looked at each other for the longest time before Chanyeol stood up and began walking down the hallway.
Baekhyun followed since their rooms were right across from each other. The walk was in silence with a tense atmosphere around the two of them. Knowing that Chanyeol was angry, Baekhyun tried to ease the situation through explanations.
"I was showing Nugget the stars... I guess we fell asleep under them," Baekhyun said, giving a small laugh. "And I thought Kris was you since you both felt the same way...It's really dark outside so I couldn't really see."
He paused for a moment, waiting for Chanyeol to say something, but he never did. "You know, if you're mad, you might as well say something..." he grumbled when they reached their rooms.
Finally, Chanyeol turned his head to Baekhyun. Baekhyun expected to be yelled at or to be scolded, but Chanyeol made his message clean cut and clear:
"I have nothing to say to you... Get inside your fucking room."