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What the Hell is a Stiles?

Sterek, T, 2K, Blind Date AU


Saw the prompt from this post that someone reblogged. (Take a look at the list, there are so many good ideas!)

Our mutual friend set us up on a blind date and I thought I’d hate it but you’re actually… kind of funny? But because I expected to hate it in no way am I going to let you change my mind just because you’re gorgeous and funny and intelligent oh no my friend is not winning this


“No,” Derek says easily, without even looking up from his book. Erica groans and flops into the chair opposite him, nearly upsetting his mug of hot chocolate.

“Seriously?” she says, bracing both elbows on the table and leaning toward him. “At least hear me out.”

“Nope.”

“He’s cute, Der! I think you’d really like him.”

“Absolutely not. You have a terrible track record with set-ups.”

Erica has the decency to wince, at least, and drop her gaze from Derek’s. “But you’re a catch, Der, and you deserve someone who can make you happy. And since you don’t want to date me—”

“You don’t want to date me, either,” he reminds her, but she just rolls her eyes.

“Yeah, whatever. But seriously. You’re great.”

“I thought I was grumpy and terrible with people?” he asks, parroting her words from after the last failed date, and she huffs.

“Please?” she wheedles, poking her lower lips out a bit. “For me. If it goes badly, I’ll never try to set you up again.”

Derek sighs. Fuck.

His facial expressions must be more transparent than he thinks because Erica’s eyes light up. “Oh my god, you’re gonna say yes.”

Derek scowls at her. “Just coffee,” he says firmly. At least that way, he can get it in a to-go cup and make a neat escape after five minutes if he needs to. “No dinner, no movie, no activities.”

“Fine,” she says quickly, digging in her jeans pocket for her phone. “You got it.”

“This is not gonna end well,” he warns her, but she just waves her hand without looking up from her phone.

“Have some faith, Der,” she says, patting him on the hand absently while she pushes her chair back and stands up. “I can’t wait to tell Stiles.”

Derek blinks, watching Erica walk away. 

“Wait, what the hell is a Stiles?” he calls after her.

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teen wolf/superman fusion because everything happens so very much

Derek might be panicking. Just a little bit.

“This was such a stupid idea,” he tells Erica. Accuses her, really. Everything is her fault, after all.

“Has anyone asked you about it yet?” Erica asks calmly. She looks up at him from her desk, thoroughly unimpressed. “Has anyone said, ‘Hey, you look just like Super-’”

“Shut up,” Derek hisses.

Erica snorts. “You’re too easy, you know that?”

Derek finally takes a seat at his own desk across the bullpen from hers, if only to get her to stop talking about their situation in the middle of a busy newsroom. Full of reporters. Almost half of whom are working exclusively on figuring out who “Superman” really is, and all of whom would kill their own pets to get the scoop.

And Derek is fully convinced someone is going to do it because Erica is stupid and Derek was stupid enough to believe her when she said, “Take off your glasses and gel your hair a little more, no one will notice,” what were they thinking-

“Hey,” a voice cuts into his panic spiral. He turns to find the owner of the desk right next to his to find the bane of his entire existence taking his unfortunately rightful seat.

“You know,” Stiles says after moment, “it’s almost comforting to know that no matter what is happening in the world, you will always be an asshole. Aliens are real and are apparently here to protect us, but at least I can count on Derek Hale not being able to deliver a simple, civil hello.”

Derek almost doesn’t want to believe it. It sounds- it sounds like Stiles doesn’t recognize him. Maybe the glasses thing does work. God, Derek feels bad for the human race.

He clears his throat and says, “Good reporters are supposed to be good at listening, so why do you talk so much?”

Stiles laughs sarcastically at him. Then his eyes drift over Derek’s shoulder and his expression turns less mocking and more thoughtful.

Derek turns around to find CNN running a story on the school bus he saved from plummeting into the river last night. His - Superman’s - picture stays in the top right corner of the screen while they discuss…something. Someone muted the tv this morning.

“You know,” Stiles says slowly. When Derek turns to face him again, he’s looking back and forth between the tv and Derek. “You kind of look like him.”

Of course Junior Reporter here would figure it out in 30 seconds. Not for the first time, Derek wishes he’d crash landed in another galaxy.

Before Derek can decide which bathroom on which floor they can use to go over the obligatory, “Please don’t tell anyone,” speech, Stiles laughs and shakes his head.

“Except those muscles are unreal,” Stiles says, turning back to his computer. “No one looks like that. Look at the man’s biceps. It’s surprise we haven’t found him on those puppies alone.”

Derek surreptitiously tries to tuck his arms in closer to his sides and tries to remember how to breathe.

It’s going to be a long day.

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Lois Lane | Smallville

“I can be loud. And, at times, I’m a little bossy. So someone might wonder why a person of your godlike caliber would be with a woman who is so imperfect. Well, don’t take this the wrong way, but you come with some baggage of your own. And it’s made me a better person, just like being with me will make you a greater man…And a super hero.

A rambling about Derek Hale and women

Let me start this off by saying that this is just my own useless pondering and I’m not completely confident that this is actually meta

I’m always so conflicted when it comes to Derek and female relationships- not just romantically, but in any way besides familial because on the one hand he has such a deep, intensely triggering past with nearly every female who isn’t a family member (with the exceptions of Erica, Kira and Melissa, and to some degree Breaden who, although not bad, really wasn’t the smiling face of a *great* relationship considering the condition Derek was in when they were together) and it makes me feel like he would have an insanely hard time getting close to women and especially letting them touch him and he would be more likely to flock to men and develop healthier, deeper relationships faster with them than he would with women…

On the OTHER hand… Derek was raised in a predominately female, matriarchal household, and you KNOW that being raised by his Alpha and growing up with the knowledge that his sister would someday be his Alpha too, he was raised with a very heavy respect for women and very strong feminist ideals and probably wants to be around women more than he does men because he was raised to follow a woman’s lead, surrounded by girls and taught- intentionally or unintentionally- that women were safe and a source of comfort and security, and the way he seems to orbit around women he’s fond of in canon nods to this being the case (Paige is questionable, but letting Kate in as an older, “more mature” woman, and then doing the same with Jennifer who we know for a fact was atleast a few years older than Derek even BEFORE she revealed herself as the darach and then doing the SAME with Braeden who, although questionable in age, was undoubtably stronger and more physically secure than Derek was in season four, it’s pretty safe to say that Derek seeks out the same type of woman: An Alpha, like his mother, like his sister, it’s extremely realistic charectorization) and it makes me feel like he would seek out strong females like Melissa and Kira- and to some degree Lydia, even though she’s a basket of triggers for him probably (not that she can help that, she’s the only one I can think of who hasn’t INTENDED to hurt Derek) just to be in the pressence of them because it’s familiar and he’s been conditioned from birth to feel comfortable and safe around women who are more or less like Alphas (Kira is arguable, but Melissa and Lydia most certainly fit this type, Kira is like a kitten though, I really can’t imagine even *Derek* having any reservations with her)

Usually I go with the latter because I prefer it as my personal headcanon and it’s much more fun to play with in writing and because I think it could be healthy for Derek- especially if he spent time with Melissa, who pretty much is the adoptive mother of all troubled young ones- but from a realistic perspective it’s hard for me to lean towards one or the other because it really does come down to nature versus nurture

It’s in Derek’s NATURE to be “attracted” (and I don’t mean romantically/sexually) to women because that’s how he’s been raised since he was born, by strong females taking the lead and creating a safe, comfortable space for him, and arguably, throughout his entire first twenty-one to twenty-three years of life (depending on how old he is) that’s literally all he knew as far as Alphas and roles of leadership goes, if he was never under the rule of a male Alpha, never lived in a predominately male household, never presented with being under the thumb of a strong male figure- but he DID have all of those things with females, in my opinion, he really wouldn’t know much else, wich is probably an extra reason why being an Alpha himself caught him so off guard, the only strong female he had around who wasn’t trying to hurt him was Erica, and for the first time in his life the tables were turned and HE was HER Alpha- not the other way around, we talk alot about Derek being a born beta but I don’t know how often people outside of fic writing really think about what that means, and how much impact that had on his life for the first two decades of him being alive (twenty, out of- at most- twenty six years mind you) for those 20+ years all he was taught was to follow a female Alpha and, probably, was lead to believe that things would always be that way, we know for a fact he was taught that until he was seventeen, if Laura died when he was, let’s say 23, that would still be seven years that the two of them were presumably safe and out of any danger, Laura’s death obviously took him by surprise so I doubt Laura had been giving him the “When I die here’s what you do” talk, they probably both were under the impression that by the time Laura DID die- or at the very least was no longer an Alpha- they would be in a different circumstance, in a pack, or having a family of their own again, I very highly doubt they both intended to just live alone in a two person pack for the rest of their lives, Laura was probably still keeping Derek’s beta mindset up in preperation for either joining or creating a new pack so that when she did have to pass on her Alphahood- to another woman, probably, if it was her choice- he wouldn’t put up a fuss, ofcourse, this is really starting to edge on headcanon territory so I’m going to stop, the point is, for roughly the first 23 out of, let’s say 26 years of life Derek was conditioned to know nothing but following female power and seeing strong women as a safe place- with the only exception being Kate

HOWEVER, he’s been “nurtured” in the last three years to see women as a dangerous place, Kate came back into his life and tortured him again, Jennifer did the same exact thing, Allison hunted him and shot his pack full of arrows, Lydia brought his dead homicidal uncle back to life and poisoned him (even if it was unintentional) Cora came back from what he thought was the dead, almost died, and then left him all alone as if she was never there to begin with, Malia is the missing cousin he never knew he had and guess what? In canon, he STILL doesn’t know she’s family and when he finds out (wich I’m sure is going to be left up to fanon at this point) he’s going to be SO HURT to know that she never bothered to tell him that she was his family- that no one did, but that’s going to absolutely sting when he looks at her now, with his self esteem and insecurities the way they are I imagine all he’ll be thinking is that she didn’t tell him because she didn’t WANT him, Braeden may not have hurt him but it’s very obvious that he was in an extremely vulnerable state of mind (someone, I think cupidsbower, wrote a great peice on how Derek played his own body to his advantage in the scent with Braeden as he had been taught to do by his abusers, and Braeden, not knowing any better, took the bait and provided him with a few minutes of protection- wich, in Derek’s head, he thought he would only get by more or less bargaining himself off to her, even if that wasn’t necessarily true)  oh and let’s not forget Arya Calevera and Kate coming back AGAIN because THEY didn’t help, and possibly the worst thing is that this all hit in the span of roughly two or three years, until now his only abusive experience had been with Kate wich was- although severely intense- short lived and NOT the norm for the relationships he had with women, and ofr all we know, Laura may have been trying to help him through his PTSD about it

This is really a case of what’s powering him more- the nature that he’s had for 20-23 years of comfort and safety, or the nurture that’s been pretty much the only thing in his life for the past two-three years of abuse and pain, and unfortunately we haven’t seen enough of Derek emotionally to tell what he’s more prone to- following his long term emotional cues or his short term emotional cues, we know that he relies alot on what he’s been taught as a baby wolf, but we also know that he’s quick to put up defenses against very recent traumas

This really has no conclusion and I’m just blabbering but it was something I was thinking about with one of my RP partners, and I was going to mention it in an OOC post but then it got long so I’m putting it here, I mean obviously Derek could and probably IS a combination of both of these traits but I just wonder what’s more dominant at this point and why really

imagine the pack playing mario kart and, to everyone’s surprise, derek is in first place the whole game and doesn’t even look concerned when someone (mostly stiles back in seventh place) throws a blue shell at him. he’s just that far ahead, even passes scott in twelfth place on rainbow road.

i just like to think about the hale siblings spending hours upon hours in front of the tv in the hale living room playing mario kart, yelling at each other and being very competitive and just all around very sibling-y.

derek has had a lot of practice, cora and laura were better at the game than anyone in the pack - except for maybe stiles and erica but derek can still easily beat them - and derek can’t help but smile whenever the pack plays mario kart and they yell at each other and at him for being so annoyingly good.

he can’t help but smile because it reminds him of the good old times.

derek hale destroys at mario kart, pass it on.