This is my first multi-chapter contribution to the Sherlock fandom. Also, omegaverse, because I am fascinated with that universe and I haven't tried anything concrete in it yet. This will be a long epic, and there is a sequel with second generation characters I may or may not post. This was an undertaking I was sketching out with an RP friend of mine, but that fell out, and I re-wrote this myself, with strings to the original plot we plotted.
Anyway. I don't think you need such extensive back story. I hope you enjoy the read, and feel so inclined to drop me a review. Thank you.
By: Emo Fox
There hadn't been any cases(no good ones) in over two weeks. In three days Sherlock would be in heat and he'd have to sit in the house another boring week. He was bored, so incredibly bored, his current experiments not appealing; left to rot in the kitchen.
He had changed positions countless times, had flopped on John's bed then back to his own bed(which he hadn't used in years) then back to the living room to sulk on the couch. Pacing, playing music, and looking at old case files did nothing to quell his over active brain.
He needed stimulus. Needed it now.
Sherlock began to recall John saying he'd like to be a father; once upon a time, back when they were young and Sherlock was moody and told the alpha no. If he wanted offspring he'd have to find another omega. The topic hadn't been touched since then; John had submitted, for the sake of loving Sherlock.
But now they were in their mid twenties, and Sherlock had nothing else to occupy his brain; and why he was remembering that old scene from yesteryears was because-
He had been seeing more and more pregnant omegas around town. It wasn't a need in himself; that maternal switch had not magically clicked 'on', but it was intriguing. Especially right now, when he had nothing else to occupy himself and that itching of heat would be coming soon.
It could be the rush of hormones he was experiencing; the usual bit of hyper awareness that came the few days before.
He had read about it, pregnancy and the like; most of it had been dismissed in favor of more important information. This could be a decent experiment, see the effects on his own body. Nine months to record and document everything that would occur. Then of course would come the infant, and that was just a living experiment.
Yes, if he broke it down like this, in blocks of information; of data and the gathering of it, it was very appealing indeed.
Surely John would agree. He had wanted babies before, that need was most likely not as quelled in the alpha as it was in himself. Not to mention he worked in that clinic, of course he only treated betas and alphas, but Sherlock was sure on occasion a pregnant omega would walk in and John would feel that craving again.
Sherlock was currently upside down in his favorite chair, legs propped over the top of it, curls nearly brushing the floor and hands steepled just under his chin. He stared pensively across the room at their front door, knowing it would be just another hour before John came home.
He'd have to choose his words carefully. John wouldn't go for the experiment unless he thought Sherlock was sincere.
Sherlock's mind decided to write up scenarios, dialogue, trying to press on the best case and hold it there in the forefront of his mind for when his alpha would be home.
Sherlock didn't have to wait too long.
John had finished up the swing shift he had picked up from Adam; deciding to cover for him, because Sherlock had been in that turbulent mood of his most the week and John had really began to seek anything as an excuse to be out of sight of his moody omega. He knew the detective would settle again, once his heat passed, or once Lestrade manage to find a decent case, and then things would be back to normal.
However, as he walked up the steps to 221B; there was something in the air that didn't feel quite right. He wasn't a superstitious man, but it definitely set him on edge, and as he opened the door his eyes fell on his mate whom was propped at a ridiculous angle in his armchair. Those vulpine eyes caught his from across the room and John offered a frown.
He knew Sherlock well enough to see those gears turning in his head, and he was almost positive he wouldn't like the result of what the man had been stagnating on all afternoon. "I can see you thinking, and I'm going to say 'no' right now before you ask."
"You're not usually that perceptive."
"You're not usually that obvious." He said easily, hanging up his coat and stepping into the kitchen. He unbuttoned the cuffs of his shirt, getting a bit more comfortable as he grabbed the tea kettle from the middle shelf and filled it with water. "Would you like some tea?"
Sherlock kept his pensive frown as he followed John around the kitchen from his skewed angle. "That would be fine." He offered, re-working the words in his head, deciding on a new approach since John didn't seem to be in such a receivable mood. Must've had a bad day at work; no, of course he did, he could see it in his posture, the way his brows knit, even the tension in his hands. Long, tiring day, which meant, Sherlock had to approach things at a softer angle if he was to get what he wanted.
Of course he would get what he wanted; when he sunk his teeth in something, he didn't let go.
John gathered two mugs, set in the bags, and poured the now boiling water in the cups; he was busy focusing on his domestic chore, he didn't notice when Sherlock got up from his armchair and stepped across the room with those long, sure strides.
Sherlock came up right behind him, his lips to his ear, "You shouldn't overwork yourself."
John jumped, spilling hot water, catching his hand, he cursed. "Christ-Sherlock, don't spook me like that!" He slammed the kettle down, put his hand under cool water; thankful the burn wasn't so bad.
Sherlock merely straightened his posture, put-off by John's exclamation. "Hardly sneaking, John, you should pay more attention." He chided, "We're the only two occupants in the flat, I wasn't trying to be quiet, you should have heard me get up, let alone my steps on the carpet-"
"Yes, alright, I get it." John grumbled, sighing heavily, turning off the tap and trying to regroup. He wiped the water off the counter with a nearby dish towel; feeling Sherlock's eyes on him, that critical gaze that didn't mean anything good. "Maybe I'll stop being on edge when you finally just come out and say it."
"Don't play innocent, it doesn't suit you." John huffed, tossing the sodden towel in the sink and turning to the tall omega. He scented the air, as if to be sure; but of course Sherlock wasn't on his heat yet(though the man acted so strange before, and during, John had to just be overly sure). Sherlock's cycle was predictable, they even had it marked in red on the calendar, and John had taken the next week off. They still had three days at best, and Sherlock wasn't one to fall into early heat, unless there was unplanned outside stimulation. "What is it you want to say?"
Sherlock had his hands tucked behind his back, his gaze locked on John's. Unfortunately his mate was all rigid muscle, his arms locked over his chest. Defensive, intimidating posture; not that Sherlock was easily intimidated, but the fact that John was putting in the extra effort to have him back down meant the man was not in the mood to get ran 'round the bend. So, this left Sherlock two options. To submit(rather uncharacteristic of him), or be direct and come out with what John was already assuming to be a question he didn't want to have asked. Either route had very little percent of a positive outcome for Sherlock's cause. He could wait until later, but John would just be expecting it. Sherlock wasn't the type to just toss something aside, especially not something he had been clearly thinking on, so there was no room to just turn around and pretend nothing happened. So, with a infuriating huff Sherlock said, "I want you to impregnate me."
Whatever John thought Sherlock was going to say, that wasn't it.
It took John one minute and thirty six seconds to sputter; which wasn't exactly a response, but it made him drop his alpha posture. There was shock and confusion written on his face; as well as hope. Yes, Sherlock could work with that, John just made it very obvious he had not forgotten the conversation they had in their youth and that children were still very much on his mind. Perhaps trying to reign in his victory, Sherlock settled his arms around John's shoulders, drawing his mate in; his nose against his temple as he breathed in his scent. "Sherlock-what-?" John's hands came up to rest on Sherlock's chest, as if to ward him off but fell short of actually pushing; just pressed there, putting those few inches of distance between them.
"Exactly what I said." Sherlock murmured, his tone low, coaxing, "When I go into heat in a few days, I would like you to impregnate me."
John was still suspicious, he was not yet relaxed under Sherlock's loose hold. "What brought this on?"
"What do you mean?" Sherlock said loftily, "I've been thinking about it. You still have the need for a child, don't you?"
"Sherlock," John just sounded tired now, not entirely angry. He brought up a hand to rub down his face, trying to shrug out from under his mate, "We've had this talk before. We've been over this. I accepted I wouldn't have a family with you, so why?"
"I changed my mind."
John laughed humorlessly, "You don't change your mind."
"I have." He responded with an edge to his voice, always one to rise to a challenge. However, Sherlock had only changed his mind on very few subjects in his lifetime. The change of profession he wished to seek(from pirate to detective), to accepting his omega gender, and finally to the acceptance of being John's mate. All of which took time, coaxing, and quite a few childish tantrums. On the subject matter of being bred, Sherlock had been very clear; it had actually been one of the worst fights he and John had. John had a right to be tentative; but that was annoying, predictable, and ordinary. Surely John should just accept Sherlock's change in mood and appease him, because it was what they both wanted. Sherlock would get a new experiment, and John would get his family.
It benefited them both, so why was John being stubborn?
John stared at Sherlock and Sherlock stared right back. There was a tension there, between them, where it shouldn't be because they were talking about children and that should never be a stressful conversation. John huffed, Sherlock frowned, and they remained their two feet apart looking ready to fight. "No." John said firmly this time, leaving no room for misinterpretation; the omega opened his mouth to speak and John said again, "No. I mean it. Not until you can tell me exactly why you've changed your mind, we are not having children."
"I don't understand-"
"Really?" John looked at him incredulously, "I'm trying to give you the benefit of the doubt, but so help me, if you tell me this is an ample experiment." He kept eye contact and Sherlock actually looked away with a sniff; he didn't like lying to John, and the alpha took that in stride. "See, right there, you've given me all the information I need."
"Hardly." He murmured petulantly.
"Just drop it." He said, offering Sherlock the mug as a type of peace offering.
Sherlock didn't take the offering; instead stomped from the kitchen, into the living room and swept up his violin in one of the most dramatic flicks of his wrist John had seen in quite a while. The jarring note was expected; but it still set his teeth on edge and he sighed when he set Sherlock's mug down.
"Sherlock-" He tried, but his words were cut through with a terrible whine of the violin; the omega had his back to him, his posture stiff despite the fluidity of his hands. "For Christ's sake Sherlock you know this is right for the both of us! You know you don't want a child!" Sherlock continued to ignore him, and John pursued, stepping into the living room and keeping his voice raised above what couldn't be called music. "Sherlock!"
Finally Sherlock lowered the instrument and stared at John with sharp ice-colored eyes, his chin slightly raised, "I've heard you. Is there anything else you want to add aside from the obvious? I understand you no longer have the want to have a family with me, to breed me, I understand."
John's anger left him in one quick exhale; like a punch to the gut. Now, hold on a minute, that wasn't what he said at all! He didn't mean, Sherlock definitely had a way of making him feel like an ass when he wasn't the one in the wrong. No, he didn't do anything wrong, he didn't say anything wrong, it was all the truth. "I didn't say, I didn't mean it like that. You know what I mean." Though he couldn't muster the energy to add that edge to his tone.
"Then tell me, what is it you meant?"
"You don't really want to have a family, and you know that's true so don't turn this on me!" Sherlock made to raise his violin and John put his hand on the bulk of it, keeping the detective's attention; holding those fierce eyes with his. "Sherlock, let me think about this, alright? You're serious?"
Sherlock didn't waver, "Why would I say something I don't mean?"
John let his hand fall from the instrument, "Right. Well, I'm going to go up for a nap. I'll be back down later, alright?"
Sherlock shrugged, though wasn't entirely sure what he was feeling at the moment. Victory seemed achieved, but something about the entire thing unsettled him. He didn't like it. Especially not when John just turned and started up the stairs to their room; leaving him in the quiet, their tea left to chill on the counter. He sank himself down in his chair and began to play softer, almost melancholy notes as his alpha slept.