What You Deserve
So, Red1999 over on AO3 left me a comment with the best idea ever on the fic for Inktober Day 19 (Tumblr link, AO3 link), and I simply had to write it. It’s still Bad Alpha and Friend Scott so if that’s not your thing, consider this your warning. You can read it here on AO3 or watch out for the read more because it’s around 1.7k.
It took Peter two days to be able to leave Stiles alone for longer than a few minutes. The nightmares continued for long after that, and every time Stiles woke up to Peter trashing and whimpering in his sleep, he felt rage bubble up inside him.
He never let that rage out in these moments, because that was not what Peter needed, but they both knew it was there. Still, during the nights, Stiles bottled it up, and locked it away, being gentle and present with Peter, calming him down and holding him through the worst of everything.
And all the while, the rage simmered under Stiles’ skin, growing and settling into his very bones.
When Peter was finally well enough again to be left alone, Stiles went to Derek.
“I want you to be alpha,” he started the conversation and that was enough to get Derek’s complete attention.
“I’m not going to kill a random alpha,” Derek immediately said, and Stiles shook his head.
“That won’t be necessary.”
“You’re angry,” Derek said, tilting his head a little bit in question. “What happened?”
“So you didn’t know,” Stiles spit out, because of course Scott made sure to keep Derek as far away from the djinn as possible.