"they said ‘speak now or forever hold your peace’ so i’m speaking up"
Derek knows it’s Stiles’ wedding day. It’s actually Stiles’ second wedding day, but only if you count the one they had when they were kids.
The one that both Talia and Claudia were still alive for. They were the only two witnesses. Derek had absolutely refused to let Cora and Laura be at his wedding.
Even then, he had thought he was going to spend the rest of his life with Stiles. And he guesses he will as friends. Maybe. Stiles may not have room in his life for him anymore. But he’s well-aware of the fact that it’s his own fault that they aren’t anything more.
Stiles gave him plenty of chances. More than any normal person would. More than any person should.
The first was the day Stiles had met Heather. Stiles had come back to the house they shared with Scott, Boyd, and Isaac and bounded up and flopped on Derek’s bed as he had a tendency to do. There were times when Derek questioned whether or not Stiles realized that it wasn’t technically his room.
When Stiles didn’t talk right away, Derek had looked up from his book to find Stiles carefully considering him.
“Yes?” Derek asked.
“I met a girl.”
“They do account for half the population.”
Stiles sat up to hit Derek, but then laid back down. “I met a girl I’m interested in romantically.”
“Do you think you’re going to ask her out?” Derek finally forced himself to ask.
“Maybe? I don’t know.”
Derek took a deep breath. He had to have known Stiles would date eventually. He needed to play his role of the helpful best friend (even if now he realizes that that was Scott’s role all along).
“I think you should do it.”
“Really?” Stiles sounded far more surprised than Derek would’ve expected.
“Any girl would be crazy not to like you. Go for it,” Derek replied even if it hurt him to do so.
“Doesn’t hurt to try, I guess. Thanks, Der. I’ll leave you to it,” Stiles smiled at Derek. Derek can’t help, but notice it didn’t reach his eyes like normal.
Derek finished his book much sooner than normal because usually he had someone there to distract him, to spend time with, but unlike usual, Stiles actually left Derek alone when he said he would.
Derek didn’t like it.