We Share a Crown
“So he’s in? It’s all settled? Woo-hoo. He’ll be here for pack meetings.” They only know about those through Isaac, who has been trying to convince Scott to join Derek’s pack with his sad, SPCA commercial worthy puppy faces every time they see him in the locker room, their chemistry class, and the cafeteria.
Derek tilts his head to the side. “Yeah. He’s in.”
“Cool.” Stiles lightly pushes Scott’s shoulder. He still looks like he drank pure lemon juice laced with wolfsbane. Oh, well. The love would come in good time. Hopefully. “And we’re off. Bye, Derek.”
“And you’re in too,” Derek says as soon as they turn their backs to him.
- Part 1 of We Share a Crown
Derek’s eyebrows shoot up. And so the realization hits him. “You nearly got yourself killed like a moron for me?”
“Partially,” Stiles mutters. “I also did it for all the little boys and girls out there. You know, the ones in comas?”
Derek sweeps a hand over his face. He lets it rest over his eyes but Stiles can see his mouth. He’s not exactly grinning but it’s close. It’s so close. “So you want to be the angel on my shoulder, huh?” Derek asks. “I don’t think that’s possible.”
“Probably not,” Stiles says. “It’s more likely that I’ll be another devil. I promise I’ll only stab you in the neck with my pitchfork and not up your ass like Peter.”
- Part 2 of We Share a Crown
“I want you to be in complete control. Things happen or don’t happen on your say. I don’t ever want to feel like I’m coercing you. I started things this time and I kept pushing. I couldn’t let myself keep going. Consent. Control. I want you to have those things.”
That’s not how things work and they both know it. Derek can’t renounce all of his responsibility and expect that to solve his trauma, all of their insecurities, and the strange, teetering imbalance between them. It’s just avoidance and denial. But Stiles will take it because he can’t think of anything else to do. To him it has always been this simple: Derek wants him, he wants Derek, and they’ll make it work however they can.
(Derek and Stiles break down their defenses. The Nemeton comes to life with blood on its rings. And an avenging angel pays a visit.)
- Part 3 of We Share a Crown