Wait so I just saw a gifset of Stiles looking at Derek's initials on the bookshelf at school and I'm confused now. The fire happened when Derek was 15/16 so he was probably a sophomore or a junior and we were led to believe that Derek and Laura left town after the fire. But the initials thing is something that the seniors do so either Derek did it as a junior or sophomore or he and Laura stayed in town longer than we thought. Just wondering what your take on this was.
People interpret this scene differently but I like to think of it as Stiles seeing the random initials DH and being reminded of Derek. I don’t think they are Derek’s at all. Rather, I just think Derek is on Stiles’ mind, I think he misses him, and when he sees the initials DH it reminds him of Derek and it makes him happy.
I mean, you could read that scene in many different ways. Derek’s friends could have added his initials for him after the fire and Derek could have told Stiles about it off screen; maybe he told him on one of their stake outs that summer they bonded. Derek talking about how he never got to finish school while Stiles slurped on the milkshakes Derek reluctantly (but not so reluctantly) bought him.
I think it was @strictly-chaotic who made a crack post in which Stiles texted Derek after seeing what he thinks are his initials saying, “I saw your initials, so I put mine beside them” and attaches a photo. And Derek replies with something like, “Stiles…those are not my initials…..wait, did you just write your initials beside some random dude’s…..with a heart next to it????”
I personally also like to think that Derek and Stiles talk via text after Derek leaves and Stiles happens to mention they are all going to write their initials later that day, and Derek just responding “I never got to do that”. And so, OF COURSE, Stiles probably breaks into the school before class or goes after class waaaay before the official group meet up time to write Derek’s initials for him. And maybe Stiles sends Derek a video of him doing it (he probably gets Derek to send him a sample of his hand writing because “it’s got to be accurate, big guy”) and so, later, when he goes to write his own initials, he sees Derek’s again and writes his beside it; a bitter sweet smile on his face because he misses his Sourwolf and isn’t that….not as surprising as he thought it would be.