AU: Stiles gets hurt. Derek wants to avenge him, but that’s the last thing that Stiles wants him to do.
Assumptions 40k, series
One word: Jarvis.
You Don’t See Straight 70k
[warnings: WIP, dub-con, bordering on non-con in my books.]
Stiles is kidnapped and brought into a werewolf community that lacks of mates. Derek is broody and broken.
Nowhere Man 27k
[warnings: WIP, mpreg off-screen(!)]
Stiles left Beacon Hills and everything behind because he just couldn’t take it anymore. Years later his father sends Derek as his bodyguard to bring him home, since someone is threatening Stiles and his baby girl’s life.
Hale The Princess 18k
Meet Lilly Hale, Alpha of her own pack and skilled in twisting her Daddy Derek as well as Stiles around her little finger.
hyper heart alone 15k, finished
Stiles comes back home to help his father while he recovers from an injury. Turns out Derek is deputy to the Sheriff. Stiles doesn’t want to be in Derek’s vicinity at all, for reasons.
Born Under A Blood Moon 33k
Derek is called back to Beacon Hills because there is another Alpha on the loose. Derek’s grandpa transfers the Alpha power to Derek, who is now in charge. Peter doesn’t like that at all. Derek finds Stiles hurt on the street, knowing he is his mate. Also Derek has three annoying sisters he loves to death.
hear his alibis 6k, finished
teenager!Derek burns down the Hale house, Sheriff kinda adopts him.
Every Step You Take 50k, finished
Derek and Stiles end up bound together magically. The pack ships the them - hard.
Important Things 71k, finished
Somehow Derek always is there when Stiles needs help. The pack assumes they’re dating. Also the kanima is on the loose.
To Have Outlived The Night 23k, finished
There are a lot of hunters in town. Stiles saves Derek’s ass constantly. At some point Stiles gets hurt.
The Complementary Series 37k, series
Just read it.
Writing Teen Wolf Meta now. My soul is no longer my own.
So I’ve been thinking a lot about the opening sequence again, and what they’re setting Stiles up to be.
Lots of people are picking up on Morell steeling Stiles for the battle, same as with Deaton - seeing that Stiles is capable and giving him guidance and tasks, setting him up to fight. But there is Stiles stepping into darkness in the credits, and there is Stiles talking about not being able to do the things that Scott can do, not being able to help.
I think they are harking back massively to Stiles rejecting the bite.
I think that he is feeling the temptation to change, wanting to be stronger, and he knows that option will give him that strength - but he fears what it might do to him too. Like Matt, using a supernatural ability/creature to carry out his wishes. He was a scared 9 year old; then he became a creepy killer with a predeliction for ugly t-shirts. Stiles doesn’t want to hurt anybody, but he does want to be able to fight for his family and friends. He is trying to work out if it is worth the risk.
And I think that Morell is telling him he can have the strength to put it off, and stay human.
Deaton and Morell are telling Stiles to stay human. They are trying to show him how amazing and strong he already is, and can be.
The Opening Sequence
It’s 6:00 minutes long and has been a long time coming for Stiles.
Everyone knows it’s beautiful. But gosh I just wanna talk about it.
BEST SCENE AWARD
Guys lets talk about the lighting in this scene though. Ms. Morell is in the light, on the lighter side of the room, and Stiles is in the darker side, nearly in the complete shadows.
I would also like to point out that Stiles is blocked in. Ms. Morell’s side of the screen feels more open. Stiles may have the door on his side, but it doesn’t feel like he’d be able to get up and leave.
Also he’s got the lacrosse stick on his lap, holding him down.
Everything in this scene was important and had meaning, specifically to Stiles. This episode while ostensibly being about Scott, was actually all about Stiles and his journey. He has something weighing him down, pressure, responsibility, tying his hands up, he’s blocked in, he’s in the dark, he’s wearing gray. The (gorgeous) focus on his mouth and eyes, his words and what he can see, what he HAS seen, what he believes he will see.
What I loved most about it was that someone was solely focused on Stiles, asking him questions, seeking his thoughts, putting STILES together instead of Stiles putting something together. This isn’t some “oh poor Stiles” but it is that, sometimes he does get lost because he is just a boy and truly, people don’t trust him. He doesn’t do what Scott does and he knows that, he’s weird, he’s a bit off putting. With Ms. Morell’s and Deaton’s scenes they are both significant in that they seek his thoughts, they encourage him, they see potential, I think that’s super interesting and I can’t imagine it’s NOT important especially because we know Ms. Morell and Deaton are connected somehow.
And the dialogue, I mean. Water is the motif of this season, not only has Stiles himself almost drowned, he saved someone from almost drowning and witnessed someone nearly drowning, he got his head dunked in water. He knows what it feels like to drown. His perspective on Matt is really interesting because I think it’s protecting himself by trying to not let his death change him but also…it’s a almost completely black and white (and Stiles is wearing gray, the in between). Stiles is seeing a full picture and not looking at the past at all, which is odd considering Stiles put a lot of that past together. Stiles, in contrast to Morrell and Deaton, doesn’t quite have that focus yet. He’s still not quite where I think they want him to be.
Stiles knows what is coming. I think Stiles, in this scene, believes he will die soon. I think he is frightened and overwhelmed, panic attacking. But in this scene he’s almost eerily calm. In fact, this whole episode except for the very last moment of triumph, he’s very calm. He’s composed. He’s resolute. He nearly has tears in his eyes during the game in his talk with Scott. He know something is going to happen to him. Just like he knows about a lot of things. He’s putting together the end game and coming up short on his own behalf.
I don’t believe Stiles will die. But I believe Stiles thinks he will die. And I think he’s accepted it.