Increasingly sensitive to the trauma heaped on Derek in his youth - frequently mentioned or added to in the show, but never directly addressed - fans began to spin new tales of his process of recovery and self-healing. Fandom’s Derek Hale learned how to trust, how to love, and how to ask for what he needed, even if it went against what he thought others wanted from him.

All The Things I Learned | JenNova ( jentnova​ ) | 2,642 | Explicit | Sterek
15 January 2013

Kate Argent taught Derek two things. Never trust anyone outside his own species. Sex is power.

Don’t Worry Baby | kalpurna​ | 20,276 | Explicit | Sterek
15 January 2013

“You know you’re allowed to ask for vanilla sex, right?” he says, afterwards. “We can do whatever you want. That’s kind of the point."Derek doesn’t respond.

In Other Words, Baby, Kiss Me | primroseshows ( primulavulgarises​ ) | 61,264 | Explicit | Sterek
17 January 2013 - 28 February 2013

Stiles has simple goals in life. To successfully complete his secret radar project without getting fired, to get a cottage on the Moon, and to untangle his mess of feelings for Moon Station 3 deputy, Derek Hale. Heck, he’ll even settle for two of the three.

Pack Up; Don’t Stray | the_deep_magic ( the-deep-magic​ ) | 55,220 | Explicit | Sterek
18 January 2013

AU – Werewolves are an enslaved underclass, collared and tagged by human masters. Detective Stilinksi’s on duty the night they bring in an untagged stray.

A Mating Moon | unpossible | 37,353 | Explicit | Sterek
25 January 2013 - 10 February 2013

“Hey, Scott, so, I uh, there’s this amazingly hot guy and I’m uh, gonna spend the weekend with him but, you know, just to be careful, I’m sending you his picture, so if by some terrible chance my bloated corpse shows up sometime Monday, just, y’know pass this along to the authorities.” He pauses. “Uh. Kidding?” and then hangs up with a rush of air.“That is the worst voicemail in the history of voicemails,” Derek says.

Electricity In the Contact | ladyblahblah ( @hungrylikethewolfie ) | 27,067 | Explicit | Sterek
31 January 2013 - 06 July 2013

In which Derek has been invited to the Greater Pacific Northwest Alpha Symposium (that’s not what it’s called, Stiles, stop saying that), and showing up unattached would mean an arranged marriage. When the rest of the pack objects, he agrees to let Stiles come along to pose as his mate. Derek is reasonably sure that he’s not going to make it out of this weekend alive.

Your Lifelong Membership is Free | minusoneday ( @sidekickinit ) | 28,544 | Explicit | Sterek
18 February 2013 - 09 August 2013

Uncle Peter’s spent years regaling Derek with tales of his time as President of the Alphas. Derek’s paid close attention, because Peter’s stint as President is a pretty comprehensive guide on ‘How to Successfully Run a Fraternity into the Ground,’ so Derek plans to do the opposite of what Peter did.***A Derek POV to There is a Brotherhood. In which Derek’s life is hard.

A Life Less Ordinary | @Jebiwonkenobi | 19,209 | Teen | Sterek
28 February 2013 - 01 March 2013

It takes a few years but eventually they manage to agree on something; Derek Hale is an asshole, and Stiles Stilinski is in love with him.

Fall | sociallyinept ( @tenderesttouch ) | 8,414 | Explicit | Sterek
25 March 2013

Derek learns to let go of old ghosts as he builds new memories.

Won’t Do Me No Good Washing in the River | @DevilDoll | 5,953 | Mature | Sterek
26 March 2013

"Remember, Derek: you never get back what you lost.” Story by Devil Doll, artwork by Rahciach, podfic by Jinxy. This story has a happy ending, but please read the tags.

Title: In Other Words, Baby, Kiss Me
Author: primroseshows
Relationship: Derek Hale/Stiles Stilinski
Word Count: 61,264
Published: 2013-01-17 to 2013-02-28
Rating: Explicit

Summary: Stiles has simple goals in life. To successfully complete his secret radar project without getting fired, to get a cottage on the Moon, and to untangle his mess of feelings for Moon Station 3 deputy, Derek Hale. Heck, he’ll even settle for two of the three.

It only took a few sentences of In Other Words, Baby, Kiss Me for me to be completely hooked. The writing itself is beautiful, and the world built around these familiar characters is entirely unlike anything else I’ve read in the fandom. primulavulgarises has an effortless way of capturing the main pairing’s personalities, without sacrificing any of the side relationships. This story has one of my personal favorite portrayals of Scott - he’s capable in a way the fandom doesn’t always allow him to be (while still being adorably ridiculous at times - the packing scene is genius), and his friendship with Stiles is perfection.

I also love, love, LOVE the Earth/Moon push/pull between Stiles and Derek. It’s such a clever rethinking of that AU dance of whether to keep Derek’s identity as a werewolf intact. Here, the moon is as intrinsically tied to his blood; it’s an intriguing way of playing with that dynamic within a human context. I developed incredibly strong feelings about Derek early on, even though we don’t actually spend much time with him in the middle section of the story. Primeroseshows has such a wonderfully light touch - not smashing readers over the head with feelings and revelations, yet somehow weaving together a clear sense of who Derek is, and all the bits of him that Stiles hasn’t been reading correctly, or that he’s finally realizing he wants to explore more.

[possible mild spoilers under the cut]

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