Three days later, Stiles jerks away in the middle of the night at the sound of his phone clattering over the night stand. The vibration is a terrible noise. He rubs at his eyes, grumbles quietly because it’s ass o’clock and he has class early in the morning.
His bad mood drops the moment he sees it’s Derek calling.
“Derek,” he says, lump swelling in his throat.
“I’m at your front door,” Derek says so quietly Stiles has to strain his ears to catch it. “Do you want to let me in?”
Stiles almost falls out of bed in his haste to get off and down the stairs.
Derek looks miserable. It hits Stiles square in the chest, punches the air right out of his lungs because he hasn’t seen Derek like this. Stiles instinctively grabs for his hands, squeezes gently as Derek steps into the house, shoulders slumped, misery spilling over his face. Derek rarely shows his vulnerability, it’s something he hides from everyone if he can help it. This—it’s bad.
Wordlessly, Stiles leads Derek upstairs to his room, and Derek moves gracefully through the dark, doesn’t make any noise, and Stiles has to cast glances over his shoulder to make sure he’s really there; even though Derek’s hand is still firmly in his grasp.
Stiles pulls the covers over them once they lie down on the bed. He traces his fingertips over Derek’s face, watches how Derek’s eyes flutter closed and his eyelashes look like dark smudges against his skin. He looks younger in the dark, not as weighed down by his memories and guilt as in daylight; less like someone who’s constantly fighting to make up for mistakes that aren’t his own.
“It’s okay,” he tells Derek. “You’re safe. You’re safe here.”
OOOOOH WELL I LIKE SEEING YOU ALL CRY AND WHIMPER IN PAIN WHAT CAN I SAY
GDI NASTI GO AWAY
filed under: people who want to see the world burn.
[MUFFLED EVIL LAUGHTER] RUBS HANDS TOGETHER
i’m not doing that xmas meme thing but MY FAVE SONG OF SEASON ONE IS UNIVERSE BY KIDS OF 88
One day Derek will learn how to not be affected by a cheeky, barely legal, pick-pocketing brat. Today is not that day.