Remember that episode where Casey starts to date Lizzie’s soccer coach Scott and like everyone likes him even Derek but then this douche tells Derek that he’s dating three different girls plus Casey and like the instant he tells him Derek’s face just instantly drops and you can tell he just wants to punch this guy in the face.
Cause I just watched it and it’s just so pivotal and not talked about enough. Because Derek spends the episode trying to figure a way to tell Casey that this guy is a jerk off. But why wouldn’t he just tell her, yanno? Why does he struggle with it? And there’s a moment where he walks into her room to tell her and he looks just really distraught and before he goes to tell her there’s a cutaway scene of him thinking about how she’s going to react, right. And it’s him thinking she’s gonna take it well and say thank you for being honest cause she knows that was hard for him and that’s he’s a really good brother for doing that. But that makes him just groan and leave the room.
So it just makes me feel like that was his moment for realizing he liked Casey. Because before that Casey always called him step-brother making emphasis on the step and no relation whatsoever. And that’s always so crucial in my head when they start switching the step term. But that’s another rant. Obviously he doesn’t care if she thinks he’s nice. They’ve done it to each other before and helped each other out. And Derek hates tears and he thinks this is gonna go through smoothly. So why back out in just telling her?
Except that he realized that he doesn’t want to be her brother. He wants to be something else. Something more.
It’s just my opinion and that was really rambling and incoherent but yeah. I feel like that’s his moment for realizing he has something for Casey.
Because I’ve fallen into a Life with Derek spiral and it seems a few other people have too, so here a few fics I’ve loved over the years.
One Shots: A Study In Desire Someone should really look into naming a pathological condition after her. Ain’t No Thing This is just two people who occasionally have sex like two consenting adults. It isn’t a habit. It isn’t a thing. Attack of the Body Snatchers In which Derek does the unthinkable and stops trying to win Casey over with fourth grade tactics. Casey is understandably calling for a restraining order. Back to the Border Casey makes the Dean’s list. Derek takes up smoking. Endless Rain Into a Paper Cup Peanut butter and love, sort of. Everybody Wants to Rule the World He was a boy. She was a girl. Could he have made it any more obvious? Family Dynamics It’s funny, how family can manage to be both suffocation and salvation at the same time. Ground Rules Derek and Casey, and the rules they inevitably end up breaking. How to Play Charades The thing to know about him is; he’s always been clueless. Like that movie Casey likes so much. The one in which those step-siblings get together. And it’s not as if he’s ever wondered whether that was supposed to imply something. Miscommunication In which Derek and Casey get their lines crossed, a pointless scavenger hunt is assigned, and a local Wal-Mart gets an unexpected slumber party. Move In Circles Around You Disasters are kind of their specialty. One Revolution Around the Sun It’s not about Max, or flipping your hair, or short skirts. It’s about why you keep going back when you know you can do better. Emily decides to fix her best friend because no one else can. Road to Nowhere Five fantasies Derek has definitely, positively, absolutely never had. So Tell Me When You’re Gonna Let Me In In which real, grown-up life is uh, actually not all that fun, sometimes. The Starting Line “Why do you care?” He does. N’t. Doesn’t. Wait, what was the question again? Sunlight Through the Broken Glass Heartbreak, fixations, pretenses. They’re sort of a cliche. Except not. That Girl, She’s Like a Sunburn She’s dumping him. She’s dumping him and, really he didn’t imagine it going down this way. He thought he’d be the one ending it, and she’d start throwing things and he’d be like, whew, glad that’s over, but it’s not like that. At all. Then You Come Crashing In It ends like these things always do: with that one guy who’s in love with this other girl and first hearing about it from Edwin of all people. The Weight of Water Because sometimes, it’s that easy. Writing Love Casey has carved out a life for herself as a writer for an NBC hit series. But, when a familiar face is brought in as a consultant, Casey’s past and present collide.
Multichapters: Bus Rides It all started on a bus. Candle He doesn’t like the word forever, but that’s it, that’s how long he wants to spend with her. Sounds of Silence It’s only when she’s left his room, and he’s lying awake, aching for something he can’t explain, that it occurs to him. She hadn’t said his name. Step By Step A series of events with a few bumps on the way which will eventually lead up to something huge. Unhappily Ever After “Are you recycling insults for me?” she asked, insulted beyond measure.
do you ever just get reALLY MAD THAT THE ONE SHIP THAT YOU HAVE SHIPPED FOREVER IS NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN BECAUSE IT WAS ON A KIDS SHOW THAT ENDED FIVE YEARS AGO AND TECHNICALLY THEY WERE STEP-SIBLINGS AND YOU RESORT TO RE-READING FANFICTION BECAUSE THERE IS HARDLY ANY NEW FICS ANYMORE AND YOU JUST-