After a terrible car accident Stiles begins to live in two separate realities. In one reality his boyfriend, Derek, is alive, but his father is dead. In the other, his father is alive, but Derek is dead. Stiles doesn’t know which reality is real, and he’s starting to not care, so long as he gets to spend time with both of them.
My shipper heart would love to believe that this is the moment in which Derek’s wolf recognizes Stiles as his mate, and it throws Derek off for a second. But this look really complexes me; I can’t pinpoint exactly what this look is. But it seems significant because Derek’s gaze isn’t harsh, isn’t a glare. It’s softer and more vulnerable, and I can’t figure out why. This is my theory: