Stiles wakes up to Derek pulling him into his lap; arms protectively wrapping around him while softly hushing him. His throat is sore, he’s sucking for air, but he’s not screaming anymore. His heart is racing, the terror still aching heavily in his chest, and he’s clutching the arms holding him on pure instinct.
“You’re awake,” Derek tells him, his hot breath curling over the back of Stiles’ neck. “You’re okay. You’re awake.”
It takes a moment of further reassuring before Stiles remembers how to breathe again. He goes limp in Derek’s arms and probably would’ve fallen to the floor if it hadn’t been for Derek firmly keeping him in place. Stiles whimpers, wondering if his dad will come running, but figures he would’ve done it already if not thinking Derek could handle it.
“This was a bad idea,” Derek sighs into his hair. “I’m not helping.”
“You are,” Stiles pants out, chest still heaving and fingers still digging into Derek’s arm. He hadn’t been screaming as much this time, and despite the nightmare he has a feeling it’d be twice as horrible if Derek hadn’t been there. “Please, just— Don’t leave.”
His plea is barely a whisper, but he knows Derek heard it when he nuzzles his neck and tightens his arms around him.
“I want to be with you throughout our future and all the way to the end of it. I want you all, with all your perfections and imperfections, with your ridiculous eyebrows, sassy comments and that small smile you give only me. I love you Derek Hale and I want to spend my life with you. I want to wake up next to you every morning. I want to give you cheesy goodbye kisses when you drop me off at work. I want you to make me dinners like you always do when I sleep over. I want you to persuade me to leave the word aside and just lay with you on the couch, watching TV. Damn, I want to grow old with you. Just that and everything at the same time. I want it all. The whole story.”
“You’re wearing my shirt,” Derek comments while Stiles’ dad fumbles with the phone.
“Have you seen our closet lately?” Stiles returns, making air quotes for closet with the hand that isn’t wrapped around Derek’s waist. “It looks like it belongs to a teenager. Which we’ll get enough of in a few years, by the way,” he adds with a nod towards their daughter in Derek’s arms. “Besides, I’m 99% sure that green one is mine.”
Derek frowns and looks down at himself, letting out a huff when realizing the shirt is indeed a little too tight, even by his standards. He can’t blame either of them though, because at least they are wearing shirts, which is something neither of them do much around the house these days.
So we think we (Kedreeva and myself) figured it out. Riddled, that is (and kind of everything Stiles/nogitsune related thus far).
First, “Barrow used foxfire created by me to jump the nogitsune inside Stiles.” This wording is very deliberate. What was Derek doing when he figured it all out? He was jumping Roscoe. Giving it a kick start, giving it power. That was a hint. (also the spark thing he did, seriously what is with Derek and Stiles and “spark”??). What they figured out is not that the nogitsune was moved to Stiles during that surge, it’s that it was already in him and was essentially awoken during the surge. And it had to be in him before, seeing as before the electrical surge/foxfire, Stiles left the message for Barrow on the chalkboard.
So, when did the nogitsune enter? I think it was during that very first scene, when Stiles is dreaming and thinks he needs to close the door “so they don’t get in.” (remember the they). The thing is, he didn’t close the door, he opened it wide and went through it… to the Nemeton (remember that, too). I think that’s when the nogitsune entered Stiles’ mind. I think this because later that episode, Stiles has a hallucination about “when is a door not a door?” and when he comes to, there is a page full of the command “Wake up!” Except, he wasn’t sleeping. So who was?
I think it was the nogitsune. Yes I know I said last week that I thought there were three Stiles bc it must’ve been an aware version of him writing on the notebook, but alas new information breeds new epiphanies. I think he might have a dream self, his subconscious, because it wasn’t the conscious version of Stiles that was trying to protect everyone from himself. That was something that wasn’t the nogitsune and wasn’t the Stiles we saw interacting with Scott and his dad. Some part of his brain is actively aware of the intrusion, but it may not be a part of himself that remembers after waking.
But I also think in the classroom, the nogitsune got control of his body, but not his mind, and it was trying to wake up, to take control over Stiles completely. But it didn’t have enough power. So it manipulated Barrow, a master of electricity, to use Kira to jump the power inside of him, to give the nogitsune a kick start. This is what Derek and Kira figured out.
So, now, the “Are you threatening us?” Most people seem to think the “us” referred to Nogitsune + Stiles, but I don’t think so. I think this was a throwback to “don’t let them in.” Multiple entities trying to enter Stiles’ mind.I don’t think Stiles was home at all at that point, and I don’t think the nogitsune would take him into account. He’s just the host, as Mrs. Yukimura referred to him. And remember this post? Young Chris witnessed the Oni obliterating that nogitsune like it was nothing. And then we see shadow!Stiles/nogitsune!Stiles taking out three Oni single-handedly, he never even looked worried. We see him smirk in the face of Mrs. Yukimura and the Oni, totally unafraid. Meaning this nogitsune is different, or has something different than the one before it.
So, option one, the Nemeton (told you not to forget it) has teamed up with the nogitsune. The nogitsune is hopped up on Nemeton juice and whatever consciousness that tree has is working with the dark spirit. Thus, the “us.” Most likely it was Mrs. Yukimura that released the Oni from the Nemeton, but are the Oni a part of the Nemeton, or were they trapped in it? Did she, by pulling that sapling, damage its power enough to release them? Or did they come out to protect it after being damaged? The other option is that there are more nogitsune inside Stiles (think Leviathan!Cas). Multiple nogitsune entered his mind.
Also no one, and I mean no one, will be able to convince me that the brain atrophy on the MRI isn’t a false-positive due to the presence of the dark spirit in Stiles’ mind. And that’s as much for my own sanity as show logistics. This post also mentions lore about how nogitsune possession can present as psychological illness.
All in all, Ked and I are really worried about Stiles, ok.
Dylan would like to believe that he only agreed to participate in the Chemistry Between Strangers Experiment - that the high end cinematic film studio down on 74th was hosting – because he’s the type of dude to take chances and try new things.
Which, in a way and in some aspects are true, but in reality it was more of a last ditch effort to scare off his persistent stage fright before he was scheduled to audition for the new show MTV was creating.
And it’s not that bad of an idea, not like he’s taking part in some skeevy tonsil-swap in some back alley behind New Frontiers.
It’s for science, or, well, social experiments – which is just as valid, ok? What’s important is that everyone who signs up knows exactly what they’re getting themselves into. Though, he doesn’t know why someone would willingly agree to kiss a stranger for the first time on camera, but hey! Who’s he to judge when he’s a few minutes away from doing the same thing?