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“Go live with her then! See if I care.”


Here’s the thing, Derek was great with kids because unlike Casey he actually knew how to have fun. But then there was Simon.

Simon Venturi, who completely disregarded Derek anytime anyone else walked into the room and was now a walking, talking bundle of four year old energy, didn’t like Derek.

And it was becoming increasingly frustrating to Derek especially now as he and Casey babysat Simon and the newest Venturi, two-year-old Emma. The two kids sat in the middle of the living room playing with various toys and games with Derek and Casey. But then came The Great Toddler Meltdown.

Simon started crying after Derek had tried to go over and entertain him so Casey could have a turn with baby Emma. And Derek could handle the crying albeit barely but he could manage.

“Here, Derek, I’ll play with him, it’s fine.”

“I can handle this, Casey.” He said frustrated before turning back to Simon. “C’mon, now, buddy. Don’t you wanna play with your big brother Derek.”

“No!” He screamed, crying even harder as he fell to the floor kicking. “I want Casey!”

“Well, too bad. All you got is me, kid.” Casey rushed over to Derek’s side ready to push him out of the way so she could Simon to stop crying. “Casey! I got this!”

“Clearly you don’t! He’s having the worst temper tantrum I’ve ever seen, Derek!”

“Kids get upset, it happens!”

She rolled her eyes. “Just let me-“

“No, Casey!”

“Yes, Casey!” Simon screamed from his place on the floor.

“Simon, look, me and you can play whatever you want, okay? Trucks? Hockey? Dolls?”

Simon sniffled. “I wanna play house.”

“Alright, house it is!” Derek said triumphantly, tossing a smug look of ‘I-told-you-so’ at Casey.

“I wanna live with Casey.”

Derek’s smug look fell off his face as Casey laughed loudly. “Fine!” He yelled, standing up. “Live with her! See if I care.”

“Der-ek!” Casey yelled. “You’re being dramatic!” She laughed.

“No! Just give me Emma, I’ll take care of the sibling who actually appreciates what a cool big brother I am.”

Casey rolled her eyes. “She’s two. She thinks ants and boogers are cool, too.”

“Still likes me.” He says pointedly, taking Emma out of Casey’s hand and cradling her next to him.

Casey sighed, muttering under her breathe, “And you call me Princess.”

“I heard that.”

“You were supposed to. Look, it’s already after eight, can you just go put Emma and Simon to bed and I’ll work on cleaning everything up.”

Derek snorted. “Simon’s not gonna let me put him to bed. He’ll just kick and scream about how much he wants you.”

“Just do it, Derek.” Casey turned around and walked over to Simon. “And you. Let Derek put you to bed, okay? And we’ll play in the morning, if you’re good.”

Simon huffed, stomping up the stairs while Derek and Emma trailed behind.


Derek found Casey sitting on the couch surrounded by her textbooks and binders galore. He couldn’t help but smile to himself at how cute she looked with the messy ponytail and how she absentmindedly tapped her pen against her lips. So, of course, while he admired his girlfriend there was only one thing he could think to do to show his love and affection. Derek snuck behind her and grabbed her shoulders with a yell.

“Der-ek!” She screamed, hitting him with her notebook. “Don’t scare me!”

He hopped over the back of the couch and fell into place next to Casey, his arm slung around her shoulders. “Classic.”

She shot him a pointed look. “It’s not funny.”

“It so is.”

“Well, know what else is sooo funny? ‘Fine go live with her then! See if I care.’” Casey said through a laugh.

“Ha. Ha.” He deadpanned. “You know, you don’t get it. Simon actually likes you and that little brat hates me.”

She softly slapped his chest. “He’s not a brat, Derek. He’s a toddler.”

“Yeah, a bratty toddler.”

“You’re being dramatic. Is this how you’re gonna act every time our baby prefers me over you?”

Casey placed her hand thoughtfully on her stomach, her head leaning against Derek’s shoulder as he sighed. He gently stroked his fingers up and down her arm with a smirk.

“No,” he mumbled, “But to be fair, you got two in there. So one is bound to prefer me.”

Casey rolled her eyes with a soft smile. “What if they both prefer me?”

“Well, then, at least we know they got their mother’s smarts.”

She couldn’t help the smile that slowly grew over her face and Derek was pulling up a matching smile of his own. “Der-ek.” She spoke softly, leaning up to kiss cheek.

“Yeah, yeah.” He mumbled.

Casey curled closer into Derek, “You have your moments, Derek Venturi.”

Derek smirked, kissing the top of her head before leaning his face into the spot.

“Derek.” A little voice called from the stairs.

They both turned to see Simon standing on the landing at the bottom of the stairs, a stuffed giraff hanging loosely down at his side. He rubbed his eyes sleepily and sniffled. Derek motioned him and over and he came over, snuggling up into Casey and Derek’s laps.

“Hey, what’s up, buddy?”

“I had a bad dream. Will you come lay down with me?”

Derek beamed. “Yeah, of course.” Derek scooped up Simon who clung to him like a spider monkey. “How about Casey and I both spend the night with you? Sound alright?”

Simon nodded happily. “Mmhmm!”

“Alright! Cmon let’s get you back to bed.”

They headed up the stairs together, Casey leaning up towards Derek ears and whispering, “Told you, you were being dramatic, Princess.”

“That’s Queen to you.”


Author’s Note: One request down, one to go! I’m feeling very inspired for the next one! Also I didn’t completely fulfill the Uni request on this one but I still hope you loved this little piece. Keep requesting, loves! xx j.s.

Dasey Fic Recs!

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.

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.

Life With Derek’s Casey Welcomes Her First Child (No, Not With Derek)
More like 'Life with Olivia'
By Stacey Grant

Leggat’s TV step-brother, Michael Seater, shared her baby announcement, tweeting, “Can’t wait to meet her!!!!” We’ll be anxiously waiting for the “Uncle Michael” pic, guys.

This may be old new by now but still OMG

Next article (The one above which you should TOTALLY CLICK):

Life with Derek ended seven years ago, but fans haven’t stopped shipping the two lead characters, Casey MacDonald and Derek Venturi — even though they’re stepsiblings.

“People can’t get enough of Dasey,” Ashley Leggat said during a phone interview with her costar Michael Seater and MTV News. The semi-controversial, non-canon ship is still currently discussed on social media and the actors became aware of it early on. Seater explained how they thought it was hilarious and didn’t see anything wrong with it.

And because it was always at the back of their minds, and the fans were so into Casey and Derek being a couple, Seater noted how actors always want to find subtext in their lines and give fans what they desire. Leggat pointed out how Dasey was just like the experience of simultaneously hating and loving someone, since the stepsiblings rarely got along, but did prove to be there for one another when it really counted.

When asked about Dasey-themed GIFs and photosets they’ve seen on Tumblr, Seater shared the one he sees most often comes from the series finale.

However, neither actor could share any Dasey fan fiction they’ve read over the years simply because it’s way too inappropriate. Leggat described it as “super X-rated,” while Seater explained he “was shocked at the things that people were coming up with.”

Dasey fanfic writers don’t mess around or hold anything back, and fans still repeatedly ask Seater and Leggat to make out — despite the fact Leggat has been married to professional hockey player Jeremy Williams since 2011. Of course, a myriad of the series’ viewers think she’s actually married to Seater, who played a hockey player on Life with Derek.

But they totally understand the shipping desire. “I remember watching shows when I was growing up and just wanting these two people on the show to be together because they seem so perfect together,” Leggat said. “You don’t want to ruin that fantasy [of Seater and Leggat ending up together] for people, because that’s what they loved about Life with Derek.”

While the spin-off series, Life with Derek, Again, never came to fruition, there was a script. “I can tell you the pilot started with Casey and Derek in bed together … [but] I’m not gonna tell you the context of it,” Seater teased.

In fact, Seater revealed he thinks the duo should’ve ended up together on the show, and perhaps they did — in some kind of Twilight Zone parallel universe, that is. Leggat explained how it just made sense for Casey and Derek to be together and is “a natural progression for them.”

Both actors proudly ship Dasey and want fans to continue shipping the stepsiblings. “Never give up. Keep on shipping,” Leggat said, with Seater adding, “You never know.”

I will never stop shipping Dasey I mean c’mon if the actors themselves do LOL

Plus, I will forever believe Ashley and Michael are amazing for being so supportive. Bless their souls.


I feel like the order he lists the names in is important.

He admits that he’ll miss Marti first, and that’s easy because of course he’ll miss his six year old baby sister.

Then Lizzie, who is also significantly younger than him and a girl, so he can freely admit affection for her too.

Then he scoffs and hesitates a little before Edwin, because he loves his little brother but he’s not used to just coming out and saying it because that’s not how boys are taught to express love for each other.

He hesitates even more before listing Nora and George (again, woman first) because he’s fifteen and it’s much more embarrassing to say you’ll miss your parents than it is to say you’ll miss your younger siblings.

But still, it’s not a secret that he loves any of those people, because they’re his family and he’s expected and allowed to love them.

And then there’s Casey, who is the clearly set apart from the rest, because the love he has for her is different, and embarrassing, and decidedly not familial.