Alan-Deaton

A Thread In The Tapestry

This was inspired by @thisdiscontentedwinter and an annon’s question about time travel. It’s unbetaed at this point, and I’m going to edit it before I put it up on AO3 later, but I need to get it out while it’s still in my flaky brain before it gets distracted by the next shiny plot bunny that runs along…

This is also Part One of… Ten? maybe?

Hope you enjoy!


Johnathan Stilinski knew he shouldn’t have tempted fate.

It had been an idle threat, that day in the police department, when he had growled at Stiles about the time traveling; even he, a man that had almost no knowledge of the supernatural shitstorm that was their lives, knew that something like that was completely ridiculous.

Granted, he has seen more than a few of Stiles’ friends grow fangs or claws or there was even that one kid with a freaking tail… Nevertheless, John was fairly certain that, amid all of the weirdness and moon watching, time travel was impossible. It was the one solid fact amid an ever-shifting worldview that he could cling to.

Then again, he did have that same certainty about werewolves a few years ago, so again; maybe he shouldn’t have tempted fate…

It didn’t seem like something that he should have planned for, the fact that his son was apparently something called a ‘spark’ and that he had the ability to twist nature or make people invisible of all things, despite how many times he had told Stiles how magical Claudia had seemed at times.

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anonymous asked:

sorry if this is off topic but is Stiles said to be a spark or is it fan speculation?? ive always thought he was in canon because of fanfics lol

Stiles is never said outright in the show to be magical, but there are a lot of indications of it. Most notably, an episode in season two (2x08 “Raving”) where Stiles has to make a mountain ash circle as a plan to trap the kanima. Now, that’s all good and fine and not magical in and of itself, because mountain ash is sort of like a salt line in Supernatural –– any human can lay it down and trap wolves inside (ex: as Kate does during the Hale fire). But while laying the line, Stiles comes up short. He doesn’t have enough ash to close the circle and there are several feet left empty. The plan’s about to fail, and as a last ditch effort Stiles closes his eyes, drops the last of the ash, and believes. And the circle closes.

Which is decidedly not normal, and seems like a very clear sign of magic in action. The other person we see in the show using mountain ash in that way –– moving it and shaping it to their will –– is Jennifer Blake aka the Darach, a season later.

Clearly indicating that, while mountain ash can be used by any old human, individuals with magic can manipulate it with their will to use it more effectively.

Now, what’s also very interesting is that, earlier, while Deaton is giving Stiles the ash, he says the following about the mountain ash:

Deaton: Think of it like gunpowder. It’s just powder until a spark ignites it. You need to be that spark, Stiles.

This is not in keeping with what we know about mountain ash. Kate certainly didn’t “magically believe” in the ash to make it work. She used it like the tool it was: lay ash, trap wolves. And that seems to be the norm except for a few specific situations (see above). Deaton telling Stiles that he needs to believe in the ash is clearly an indication of something else: that a) Stiles will be doing something different than how people would normally use the ash and b) that Deaton knows that Stiles has that ability. Deaton knows that Stiles has that magical spark inside of him, that will allow him to manipulate the ash. And he clearly thinks Stiles might need to access that (in case the ash comes up short, as it did, or in case time is running out or he’s attacked and he needs to make the circle fast) and wants him to be aware of that possibility without outright telling him he has magic.

And this is so in keeping with Deaton’s character: playing information close to the vest, not telling characters more than he thinks they absolutely need to know. So he implies that it’s the ash that’s magical, and not Stiles, hoping Stiles won’t think about it too much and come back to him for answers. And maybe this is just because Deaton just doesn’t want to train him –– either because he just wants to keep his supernatural involvement minimal after the Hales’ deaths, which he indicated a few times throughout the show, or because he knows if Stiles becomes proficient in magic then Scott will take him on as an emissary, and Deaton wants to keep Scott’s ear… who knows what motivates Deaton to do anything, really. All we know is that Deaton lied to Stiles, and that Stiles displayed a clear sign of magic in moving that ash.

As I said, there are other moments people point to, that indicate Stiles having magic, but this is the most significant one and the one that coined the term “spark” to describe it.

I can imagine Deaton at Stydia's wedding like

“Marriage is complicated. The person you should marry is not just someone to hold you under. It needs to be someone who can pull you back, someone that has a strong connection to you, a kind of emotional tether… Lydia, you’ve always been the one for Stiles. And you’ll always will”.

And everyone would be like “awww” but only them (and Scott and Isaac, of course) would know how deep that goes.

anefi  asked:

Alpha power thoughts! One (1) problem that the True Alpha thing DOES solve is that if alpha power can ONLY be taken or inherited, then there should be a set number of alphas in the world, established all the way back in the beginning of werewolf-kind. With the way the human population has exploded, there should be more werewolves present-day too -- so either alphas are much more rare than they used to be, proportionally, or there has to be a way to make new ones (1/4)

I’ve seen fics where some wolves are born with latent but detectable potential to be alpha (usually Laura) and there’s the expectation that she’ll set off and form her own pack at some point. The alpha power is just part of her wolf self. This could explain Scott, if his alpha potential was always there but was unlocked by the bite and his eventual acceptance of his wolf side. However, I think there’s another interesting option, one that fits with both explicit and implied canon
Lycaon went to the druids to learn how to control the shift and become the type of werewolf we see in canon. There’s a blink-and-you-miss-it moment in 3a where Deaton stops Kali’s shift in the clinic, straight up, he holds up a hand and she flinches back. We know Deaton hates Derek for some reason and never wanted him to be alpha, we know Deaton has unspecified but extensive knowledge and abilities, we know that he and Scott spend a lot of time together in the clinic.

Deaton is the one who told Scott what it meant to be a True Alpha. What if the influence of a druid (or SPARK) can make a beta stronger? What if Deaton is the reason Scott’s an alpha at all? (4/4)

Ok, this is incredibly interesting. What information we have about True Alphas comes from Deaton, which means that if he had any interest in lying about how Scott came into his powers we would have absolutely no way of knowing about it. And if he were responsible for Scott gaining the power that’s most definitely something he’d want to keep secret –– otherwise other wolves (Peter in particular, but also anyone else craving a little extra power out of greed or desperation) could seek him out and threaten him to try and gain it.

HERE’s a link to info about Lycaon, for the curious. This is something I’d entirely forgotten, but it outright states that druids were the ones to give werewolves their power to shift, so the thought of them still having power over wolves’ status isn’t even a really stretch. If Deaton was watching the events in Beacon Hills unfold and decided that Scott –– his longtime pupil –– had more of a temperament to be an Alpha (or just that he’d be easier to guide and direct than, say, Derek who already distrusted him) then why wouldn’t he use that power to give Scott an edge? And then, needing a plausible explanation for why Scott gained the power, he came up with the True Alpha concept (or just employed an explanation used by other druids in the past) to say that Scott was the “most worthy” of becoming an Alpha –– which is kind of brilliant, honestly, because it not only gives Scott immediate confidence in himself as a leader but also causes all other wolves (the wolves not directly under Deaton’s guidance) to defer to Scott.

This is really devious and I kind of love it.

anonymous asked:

Speaking of Deaton, I always wondered why he didn't honor his promise to Talia of protecting Derek. Please mind that this isn't meant to be wanky in any way. It has just always seemed so odd to me that he made a promise he so obviously didn't intend to keep. It could be argued that Derek wasn't really approachable during s1 and 2, but even after that, Deaton made no effort to help or guide Derek. Not even when he was de-aged did he truly attempt to help him, despite knowing how vulnerable 1/2

2/2 Derek was, especially considering the fact that he was unaware of the murder of his family. He did much better by Scott of course, but his indifference to Derek always made me side-eye him.

Deaton is another reason why I say that as a TV show, Teen Wolf is often quite racist.

He’s a Magical Negro - around to dispense knowledge and wisdom when other characters need it, but has no real story or development of his own. From that link:

With such deep spiritual wisdom (and sometimes — though not always — actual supernatural powers), you might wonder why the Magical Negro doesn’t step up and save the day himself. This will never happen.

It’s particularly jarring because Teen Wolf doesn’t even have the somewhat typical excuse of ignoring adult narratives in favor of the teens’. The Sheriff, Chris, Natalie, and even Melissa (eventually -_-) get really nuanced arcs and stories throughout the series, as do many other adult characters. So the fact that Deaton has changed so relatively little, and that he has so little narrative arc of his own, is particularly jarring.

Deaton is a Magical Nergo (pretty literally), as is Morrell, and even Braedon tap-dances all over the edge of this - a little less magic, a little more violence, and we see the start of what could be a very intriguing narrative for her (re: her obsession with the Desert Wolf, over which she lost her job as a US Marshall). However, we never really get more depth on that story, and the culmination of it ends up centering around Malia (who is coded as white, even though her biological mother is played by a woman of color).

So Deaton does right by Scott because Scott is the main character - he (Deaton) has no real story or narrative of his own, which is why we never find out why he didn’t help Derek as much as he was apparently supposed it.

It’s particularly frustrating since this wouldn’t exactly have been a difficult question to answer. With some mere dialogue adjustments (aka no major change to setting, screen time, and other production costs), it would’ve been very simple to imply some emotional or psychological barrier on Deaton’s part. I can think of half a dozen reasons for Deaton’s wariness about Derek that still leave Deaton as one of the good guys, even if somewhat misguided in some of those reasons.

But Magical Negroes can’t have their own vulnerabilities, or their own stories - their only narrative purposes is to uphold someone else’s story. So Deaton never gets his own story, and we don’t really know anything about him, or why he didn’t help Derek nearly as much as he probably should’ve. -_-