I can’t help but wonder when Stiles started meaning this much to Derek.
I can’t help but wonder when Derek decided that Stiles was good for calming him, a safe place during dark times.
I mean, we all know Stiles and Derek had one of the best developments on the show, and along the way, they developed a great amount of trust in one another, but this… this is something else.
When did Derek’s trust develop into this?
Maybe it had to do with the multiple times Stiles saved him, or the many unspoken agreements they had before going in to do something dangerous… or maybe, it was in the episode where Boyd passed away.
Stiles wasn’t close to Boyd, not as close as everyone else was to him, but somehow, he still understood what it felt like for Derek losing a pack member. Therefore, reaching a hesitant hand out to rest on Derek’s shoulder.
That simple gesture probably meant more to Derek than anyone realized.
Stiles was there trying to comfort him. Stiles cared enough to try and do so.
And maybe he kept Derek from falling apart altogether at that moment.
Maybe that’s when Derek realized that Stiles really was there for him and maybe that’s when the building trust he had for Stiles locked into place.
Maybe that’s when Derek realized that Stiles could be his anchor.