I started writing this last Christmas. And then suddenly it was January so I decided to wait to do anything with it until this Christmas. I found it on Saturday night and forgot I hadn’t finished it. So here, have a Christmas fic! On… Boxing Day.
Derek glances up
when he hears the front door open and close, and frowns when Laura doesn’t
immediately announce herself. He wipes his hands on the dish towel hanging from
his belt loop and goes to investigate, finding his sister in the entryway with
lights up and she drops all of her bags, launching at him. “Derek!”
surprise of an unannounced guest, Derek smiles and squeezes her, pressing his
nose into her hair. “I didn’t think you were bringing anyone,” Derek
says when they finally part.
wasn’t,” Laura says. “I was lucky to even get here. All of the
flights out are cancelled for the foreseeable future because of the weather,
and I ran into Stiles, of all people. You remember Stiles Stilinski, right?
From Cora’s class?”
remembers a hyperactive eleven year old with a buzzcut and an irritating habit
of getting underfoot - his memory doesn’t lend to the lean, doe eyed brunet in
his hallway; he’s talking on his phone and scowling something fierce but
Derek’s mouth goes dry at the way Stiles runs long fingers through his hair.
“Coffee?” Derek asks abruptly, turning to look at Laura.
“There’s a fresh pot. Cora’s gone out on a last minute supply run - is,
uh, Stiles staying?”
offered your wonderful hospitality until he can find a flight to take him
home,” Laura says, following him back into the kitchen and leaving Stiles
in the hall. “I know you have the space, and it seemed a shame to leave
him stranded. Nobody should be alone on Christmas.”
not Christmas yet,” Derek points out. “How did you even recognise
him? We haven’t seen him in ten years.”
RAVENCLAW: “They say there is a fine line between a genius and an idiot. But a genius is just an idiot, except at one or two activities. Unfortunately, people assume that genius at one thing means genius at all things. The solution? Listen to people about their area of expertise, and otherwise be wary.” –Zach Weiner (SMBC: 2010-01-29)