“The first draft of my vows - which I wrote the day after we got engaged - clocked in at around seventy pages. But I don’t have them with me today… Here’s what I’ll say, then. The things you have done for me - to help me, support me, surprise me, to make me happy - go above and beyond what any person deserves. You’re all I need. I love you and I like you.” “I love you and I like you.”
Okay, so, hypothetically, if I were writing a pre-OT3 Leverage fake-married fic with Eliot and Hardison infiltrating some ridiculous honeymoon resort for the super-rich, what plot points/tropes/etc. would you like to see in it?
Y'all when oa is talking to the therapist the first time when he says to take time trying to heal and she says she can’t do that (implying time pressure) he says “I understand. more than you know”. More than u know???? Um Mr therapist sounds rly fuken sketchy and I don’t trust him
please consider: rihanna as crowley and lupita as aziraphale
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class passing/upwardly mobile (sam) =/= genius ... emf device with no formal physics or engineering education on the other hand..
And the thing is this was back in like 2005? Earlier? He didn’t have a laptop. He didn’t have youtube videos teaching him. We’ve never seen another hunter using one and Sam was confused by it, so it’s safe to assume that it’s his own design. He taught himself. Plus, he scavenged the parts from a walkman, so he had to know how that worked first. (Which opens up a whole fun door for headcanons of Dean buying crappy electronics on the cheap and having to fix them himself when they stopped working before he could afford new ones, but I digress.) And can we talk about how clever the idea was? Dean realized that the emf meters for sale look sketchy and fixed that problem by making it look like something that was less suspicious. He’s so smart.
It’s not just a show of raw intelligence, but, to me, shows how he’s curious, creative, and willing to put in the time and effort to do the research. But people who watch the show ignore all that, because they can’t think critically? Or???? I’m not sure why, tbh, but I’d guess it’s because a large portion of this fandom can’t form opinions that aren’t hand-fed to them.
I know it is random af and if you don't have time or anything that's fine, I am not forcing you. But do you have any meta's about Derek being the king of stiles' chess? It actually disappoints me that tw writers didn't give us any reason and my shipping heart dies a little everytime. Btw you are the most cute and wonderful person on this site and I am sorry that sometimes anons are rude to you! Sorry for my English and have a wonderful day| <3
Thank you, sweetheart! And so sorry for the delay on this; I just rediscovered it, half-written, in my drafts. <3
Ok, so the chessboard.
As far as metas go, I think part of the reason the fandom latched so strongly onto this is that there’s just so much meaning behind making someone your king. And especially your king in chess, where the king is undeniably the most important piece. Not the most powerful, but the most coveted. The piece that must be protected at all costs.
The piece that, if you lose, the entire game ends.
Everything Stiles placed on that chessboard was significant – and it was Stiles, not the Nogitsune. Canon told us that outright:
Chess is Stiles’ game. It’s not the game of a Japanese fox. (Peter, “De-Void”)
So let’s just set this scene for a minute. This takes place after the scene with the Nogitsune in the loft, after the scene that TPTB have tried to say was the whole reason for Derek being made the king on the chessboard. But if that’s really all there was to it – the fact that Void was luring them into a trap at the loft – then canon would have moved on after the “trap” occurred, and devoted its limited screentime to something more significant.
Instead we have an extra scene showing Derek still trying to figure out the Nogitsune’s motivation, the reason behind his piece placement (suggesting that there is more to know, that at least Derek doesn’t believe the confrontation at the loft was all there was to it), and learning from Peter that it was Stiles, not the Nogitsune, who decided to make Derek the king.
Stiles placed and labeled the chess pieces. Stiles wouldn’t have been trying to draw them into a trap at the loft. Stiles had made Derek the king on his board for some other reason – not Scott, his best friend and arguably the “most important piece” in the show. Not even his dad. Derek.
The chessboard also wasn’t really revisited after that moment. They don’t return to it later, don’t have some other great discovery regarding the pieces, so what we know is that the chessboard mattered up to and until the moment where we learned that Stiles was in charge of labeling the pieces. We had Derek, specifically, concerned about what the pieces meant and Derek, specifically, learning that Stiles was the one who made him a king, and after that moment of realization, the show moved on.
Derek isn’t the Nogitsune’s king, we learned. He’s Stiles’.
Now the question remains: why would Stiles bother doing that at all? Why would he take the time, in a few lucid moments in his half-possessed state, to label a chess piece after Derek? Could it have been a warning to Derek? “You’re the next piece the Nogitsune’s going after? You’re the main target, the one it’s trying to take out?” Well, that would make sense if that’s the way things went down, but the rage-flies went after Derek, Isaac, & the twins all more or less at once, and Derek never seemed central to the Nogitsune’s plans at all.
Could it have been foreshadowing – placing Ethan and Aiden’s pieces near Derek’s to mirror the way Derek led Ethan and Aiden in a showdown against Void and the Oni in the finale? Well, sure, if either Stiles or the Nogitsune had that kind of precognitive ability. (I think the placement of Aiden and Ethan near Derek was foreshadowing by the show, perhaps, but not by Stiles.) That might have been the out of canon explanation for the piece placement, but there has to be a canon reason (and a reason for Derek being king specifically, instead of any random piece between Aiden and Ethan?), and a reason for pointing out that Stiles had been the one to do it.
So then, and this is the only explanation that seems to make sense with canon events, might it have been Stiles taking a rare lucid moment, when he was scared and confused, when everything seemed lost and he wasn’t sure he’d be making it out alive, to remind himself of what mattered? To give himself something to look at, to hold onto? To confess his feelings – to himself, finally, or maybe whoever happened to come across the board once he was gone.
To leave behind the board in the barest chance that Derek might see it at some point and understand what Stiles has never had a chance or the guts or the understanding until now to say: that Derek matters, that Derek might just matter more than anything. That Stiles would surrender every other piece if it meant protecting Derek, if only he could keep control of the board.
That piece was a love confession from Stiles to Derek.