Colors - by LoveActually_rps
- Soulmates AU: When soulmates visit the same place on the same day, they can see color in the places where the other has been.
- My @eternalstereksecretsanta gift for @rmnthefox [Sterek | G | 2.5k]
- A huge thank you to @jonjokeat and @benaya-trash for the beta.
- Read on AO3
Derek genuinely thought a black and white world was a good thing. It was routine and familiar. In fact, with the help of his mother’s eyesight, he’d realized that the color he loved the most was indeed black.
Derek’s parents had been teenagers when they’d visited the movie theatre for the same show. It had been pure coincidence and both of their worlds had suddenly transformed into mesmerizing color.
Derek used to love to hear their story even though he already had it memorized word for word. His lips always curved upwards as he watched their dreamy, goofy smiles when they recited the story again together once more. His parents had been one of the very few lucky soul-couples who had visited the same place on the same day and managed to follow the newly colored path that their other half had left. They’d tracked each other down before their worlds could go back to black and white.
It allowed you a world full of color for one single day. A day.
The universe was cruel like that.
It gave soulmates a single day to find each other and seal the bond between them permanently or the color would vanish forever… and so would the bond.
Never meeting a soulmate was one thing, manageable and quite bearable. But, losing them after getting a glimpse of a promising future was utterly devastating. He’d heard stories about people losing their minds after losing their soul-bond and Derek preferred to be un-bonded than face such a terrible fate.
His parents had died in a car accident.
Together, like all the bonded soul-couples did.
Experts said it was to shield them from the despair of living the rest of their lives without the bond. Soulmates were said to be the fortunate ones who got a chance to know selfless love. Whatever, the topic of soulmates was never Derek’s favorite. It wasn’t easy when you lost both your parents to some cliched bond.
Derek never fantasized about meeting his soulmate like his sisters did, but the colors always intrigued him. Especially when he stared at his wardrobe for full fifteen minutes and struggled everyday over what different shade of grey to wear for a meeting. He would certainly have liked to see the olive green which, according to his mom, matched well with his eyes, or a rainbow which had made his dad grin like a child. Other than that, he was pretty much contented in his colorless world.
Until one day.
He was in Beacon Hills for a week trying to secure a business deal with Mr Whitmore. Laura had successfully stepped into their father’s shoes as the CEO of the Hale Enterprise. After finishing his degree Derek had recently joined the company, devoting his life to nurturing his parent’s dream.
It was a sunny morning, and he was out running circuits around the beautiful town, following his usual routine when he noticed an area near the lake had suddenly become alive with color. All unknown, breathtaking colors which made Derek freeze on the spot.
Wow… was his first thought.
Shit… was his second.
His soulmate was here.
He came to his senses with a start and ran like a madman, following the bright path over fresh fields which were splashed in heavenly shades of green. Yes, it was green, he’d heard of it. It melted his heart and his eyes watered. He blinked at the gorgeous creation of the almighty as a traitorous tear rolled down his cheek.
His soulmate was here, his brain provided again, heart pounding. He needed to find them, track them down before -
His throat went dry on the unfinished thought. He’d got a single day. And, that was it.
His legs never stopped, dashing forward to stretch their limits, determined to cover as much distance as they could with each passing minute. He didn’t have time to take in the beauty around him, the clock was already ticking.
Derek skidded to a halt when he reached - what looked like - the busiest part of the town. He always hated markets, but clearly, his soulmate didn’t.
The entire area was lit with vivid colors. He wiped sweat beads from his forehead, gulping in the thick air to get his breathing right. Derek never thought the colors would ever make him so vulnerable. They were making his search almost impossible.
He strolled around the area, eyes constantly searching. Everything felt new, dazzling in a complete contrast to his routine dull world - intricately decorated shops, vegetables and flowers stalls, even the Sheriff’s station - he hoped his soulmate wasn’t in trouble.
“Laura… I see colors.” Derek pressed the cellphone to his ear, barely avoiding bumping into passersby as he made his way along the busy sidewalk. “I can’t find them, Laura… my soulmate. I can’t-” his voice cracked and he pursed his trembling lips to suppress a wave of overwhelming emotion.
Through the haze of rising tension, his sister’s surprised, soothing words barely reached his brain.