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.