2 Works by TheZoneSystems
They find one another in the After, even though Derek has never really believed in a life after death. When he arrives it's been four years since Stiles' death for Derek, but the After is eternal and timeless, and that means hours, days, months might have passed before they finally lay their eyes on one another again.
In which we follow Stiles and Derek's romantic relationship from the end to the beginning.
Start at the end, you can't tell a story if you don't know where it's going.
- Lewis, The Lookout
Stiles' breathless “finally” feels like a gust of wind against bones that are bared even though Derek still wears his skin and tissue like walls to protect himself from ash, soot, and fire.