Summary: Dominic, an alpha, has just moved to Teignmouth to teach A-Level sociology. There, he meets a bright young student named Matthew.
WARNINGS: Mentions of violence, death, and miscarriage in this chapter.
Feedback: Would be lovely :)
Disclaimer: Muse aren't mine, story is mine.
The room was dark, and Dom was beyond impatient as the beta was explaining to them the ultrasound process.
“This is mostly to make sure everything looks good, since you didn’t have the standard examination at 12 years like most omegas. We’ll take a look at everything to make sure you’re healthy, and if we’re lucky, we may even see a tiny little bundle, although it’s only been about a week, so don’t get too excited.”
Matt squeezed Dom’s hand at that, the excitement and anxiety seeming to pour off the omega. They had a lot of things to discuss, huge things Dom never thought he would experience, but for now, he was going to enjoy the moment with his mate whom he loved so much already.
The couple watched with anticipation as the beta gave everything a check, informing the two of them that everything was perfectly normal and healthy for an omega after their first heat.
“Now, let’s see if we can find your baby,” he said, moving the ultrasound wand around a bit more. “Ah! There we are.” He pointed to a teeny tiny dot that Dom could just barely see. Still, the small spot brought tears to his eyes, because that small spot was half him and half Matt, and one day, that small spot would be alive and in his and his omega’s arms.
“Fuck,” Dom whispered beneath his breath, everything hitting him at once. He had a family now. He was jobless, mated with a boy over ten years younger than him, and had to provide for that mate and their baby. He had no idea where to even start.
As they made their way back to Teignmouth that evening, Dom ran over everything in his head as Matt slept on the passenger side; the omega must’ve been exhausted after such a week. Dom thought about his (now lack of a) job, his research, his entire life and how he was about to give it all away for Matt. And he wouldn’t have it any other way. They were soulmates, and now everything Dom would do he would do for Matt and their baby.
The alpha looked over fondly at his mate. Matt’s eyelashes fluttered against his cheekbones, black and white pictures of his first ultrasound clutched protectively in his hand. It would all be okay, Dom reminded himself. Everything would be okay.
“I want to move away from Teignmouth.”
Dom’s spoon clattered to the floor, Matt’s announcement being the last thing he’d think the omega would say first thing the next morning. “Excuse me?”
“I mean, you said you would lose your job. I can’t finish school or take my exams, so what’s stopping us?”
Dom was aghast at the abrupt suggestion. “Um... The fact that we’ve been bonded for only a week and have no idea what we’re going to do with our lives now that they’ve been completely switched around?”
Matt didn’t seem to like that answer, a wave of sadness washing over his features. His head lowered as he quietly whispered “Okay” and walked back toward the bedroom.
Immediately feeling Matt’s emotions shift for the worse, Dom stood up to follow him into the bedroom where Matt was gathering some of his clothing. “Matt,” Dom said quietly, watching his mate sadly. He didn’t respond to him. “Matt, what are you doing?”
The omega looked at him, tears beginning to spill down his pale cheeks. “I don’t know,” he sobbed, falling to his knees. “I don’t know what I’m doing at all. I should just... Go.”
“No no no,” Dom said, rushing toward him as panic surged through his body. He pulled his omega close, pressing gentle kisses to his neck just below his ear and hairline. “Please don’t go,” he whispered, tears of his own beginning to fall.
“I’ve ruined your life,” Matt sobbed. “Nothing is going to be the same. I’m going to be stuck doing nothing in bloody Teignmouth for the rest of my life. I’m nothing.”
“Hey,” Dom whispered, trying to soothe him. “That’s not true, love. Not true at all. You are loved by so many. Me, your family-”
“What family?!” Matt shouted, and it was then that it hit Dom that he knew so little about Matthew and his life.
“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean... Ah fuck.” Matt had started sobbing again, and Dom was at a loss as to what to do or say. He took a deep breath, the only noise in the room being Matt’s sniffles. Focusing his thoughts, he tried again. “Matt, I don’t know the conditions of what your home life was like. I would love for you to tell me, but I also understand if you don’t want to. What you need to know though is that you do have a family, okay? You have me for now, and in nine months we’ll have a baby. I love you so fucking much and I know they will too.”
Matt was still for a few moments before nodding, a few tears still trickling down his cheeks. Dom gave him a soft smile, and things seemed to smooth out. He held Matt in his arms, continuing to kiss him and remind him constantly that he was loved. It wasn’t until later that evening that the topic was approached again.
“My dad killed my papa when he miscarried my little sister,” said Matt abruptly.
“Oh Jesus Christ,” Dom swore as his eyes locked with Matt’s. The alpha could tell Matt was trying to keep his emotions at bay, but the way his lip was quivering and his eyelashes began to darken gave everything away.
“He just... Kept hitting and beating him. He said omegas were useless if they couldn’t carry pups. I was only five but I still remember. And ever since then I always feared I would present as an omega.” He looked up at Dom, the tears finally beginning to spill over. “I can’t go back there,” he whispered brokenly. “He might kill me.”
“Fuck,” Dom said beneath his breath as he realized why Matt so desperately wanted to get away from Teignmouth. And he suddenly wanted to do the same. “Do you have any other siblings?” he asked quietly.
Matt nodded. “Just an older brother, Paul. He’s an alpha though.”
“Okay,” Dom said, nodding. His mind was running at a hundred miles a minute, trying to sort things out and figure a way for them—especially Matt—to move past this town. “Are you on good terms with your brother?”
“Okay. Fuck,” Dom swore again. “Christ, this makes me so uncomfortable, but I mean, legally, I own you now.” He groaned just saying the words aloud. It was a hateful statement, the most disgusting thing he could’ve ever said. But at that moment, it was a way out. “And because of that, we can leave and your dad never has to know, yeah?”
Dom shook his head, mumbling to himself and watching Matt carefully. The boy looked like he trusted Dom with his life and more. He couldn’t believe this; so shortly after moving to this new place, he was about to pick up again with his bondmate and unborn child to protect them both. Nothing else had ever made more sense to him.
“I’m going to make a phone call,” he said to Matt, kissing his forehead and then his bondmark, cherishing the sense of calm that briefly washed over him by doing so. “I love you.”
“I love you too,” Matt whispered back.
Things happened quick. Since Matthew’s secondary gender was officially changed at the omega clinic in Bristol the day previous, an email from his school had already come, confirming that he was no longer enrolled. Before people could become suspicious and something could potentially be put onto his permanent record, Dom called the school and put in his resignation with no explanation besides the words ‘family’ and ‘emergency’.
The next morning, as snow began to fall and families trudged their way to the city center to meet Saint Nicholas, Dom found himself taking money out of his savings and securing a two bedroom house in Bath. One final phone call was made to one of his colleagues at the university there, and it was settled. Matt and Dom would be moving to Somerset the following Monday, just two days before Christmas.
“Will you be able to get a job?” Matt asked that evening as they began to pack Dom’s few belongings into boxes still left over from his original move to Teignmouth.
“For now I’ll be doing a lot of guest lecturing. They won’t be steady paychecks but they will get us by. I know the head of the department pretty well and she says there may be an opening as a permanent lecturer in September. I’ve also called someone I know at Cambridge, but the chances of a slot opening up there are pretty unlikely.”
“Even though you’re alumni?”
“Trust me,” said Dom. “There a lot more qualified alumni that would be asked to join the department before me, and that’s if a spot opens up any time soon, which it won’t.”
Matt nodded. “That’s okay. I love Bath. It was my top choice,” he said sadly.
Dom hated to see the boy look so sad. He hated himself for making all this happen, for blatantly ruining Matthew’s chance of going to uni. If there was anything he could do so that the omega could go, he would do it. “We’ll find a way,” Dom said, kissing his mate tenderly.
“There’s no way,” said Matt, shaking his head. “Omegas aren’t allowed to go to uni, and that’s that. Plus, the baby will be here in August.
Dom just kissed him again. “We’ll find a way,” he promised.
Dom looked around the small, plain room he was standing in and then at his feet where two boxes, a guitar case, and a book bag were set. “Are these all your things?”
“Yeah, this is it,” said Matt, closing one of the boxes and sitting back on his heels.
“No posters on the wall or anything?”
“Nope. Dad never let me.”
Frowning, Dom held out his hand to pull his mate up and into his arms. He felt a bit weird doing it in the boy’s room and in front of his alpha brother, who was standing in the doorway, watching them closely with his arms crossed and a stern look set in his jaw.
“Paul,” he said, shaking the alpha’s hand firmly as he balanced the boxes in his other.
Paul nodded. “Take care of my little brother,” he said gruffly. “I still don’t like all this, but I know there’s no way around it.”
“I understand,” Dom responded. “And I really appreciate you keeping this away from your father.”
“That bastard probably won’t even notice I’m gone,” Matt mumbled from beside Dom.
At that, Paul pulled his little brother in for a tight hug. “I’m sorry, Matt,” he said. “I will always be there for you, okay?”
Matt nodded, giving Paul one last squeeze before taking Dom’s hand and lifting up his guitar case. As they exited the small, run-down Teignmouth house, they both hoped it would be the last time either of them would ever set eyes on it.
When they drove up to the house they were now calling a home, Dom anxiously looked over at his mate. Matt smiled, looking up at the house with curiosity.
“It’s beautiful,” he said softly.
Dom’s heart swelled at that, and he quickly pulled out his car keys and went around to help Matt from the car. “Welcome to your new home,” he said, kissing him firmly on the lips.
“Our new home,” Matt corrected with a grin.
“Right. Our new home.” Dom shook his head, smiling and letting out a hearty laugh. “God it feels good to say that. Let’s get unpacked.”
It had been quite the weekend - sorting last minute things out, securing the house, figuring out how to live together. Dom found that he loved Matthew more than sexually and romantically, but platonically as well. Bond or no bond, he felt at ease and comfortable with his mate, like they’d known each other for far longer than they did. He still had so much to fear, with a baby on the way and a complete turnaround in the direction he was going in his life, but he felt he could do it, especially with his family at his side.
(((This is the house they bought)))