As Beacon Hills get pounded with foot after foot of snow, single dad Stiles can’t quite keep up with his four year old, his job, and shoveling his driveway. Derek makes his teenage son shovel Stiles’ walk, and that just leads to Derek helping Stiles out with a whole bunch of other tasks. That’s okay with Derek, though, cause any chance to be with Stiles is okay with him.
Stiles is overworked and stressed out when his flight home gets delayed due to copious amounts of snow. He finds entertainment with one Derek Hale, whom he hasn’t seen since high school but really doesn’t mind getting reacquainted with.
Especially when it turns out Derek is surprisingly hilarious and will reluctantly play snap with him. And can walk on his hands.
Derek finds a young man injured in a ravine on the border of his ranch. That’s strange enough, but the mystery only deepens when the young man wakes up without any memory of what he was doing out there.
With a record-breaking snowstorm on the horizon, threatening a city shutdown for a few days, Stiles gets the bright idea to put an ad up on craigslist for someone to spend his snow days with that would be filled with cuddling, movies, alcohol, and potential makeouts or more.
Stiles is trapped for the holidays in the cabin of a strange man/hermit named Derek. A strangely friendly wolf befriends Stiles during his stay. It’s up to the teenager to find out why Derek has secluded himself from society, what the feelings he’s beginning to have means, and what the connection between the mysterious man and the mysterious black wolf is.
All Derek wants is to get through the lambing season with his body and spirit intact. He had thought that the blizzards would be the main danger, not a highborn omega with beautiful eyes and a stubborn streak.
It isn’t fair that Stiles needs to work Christmas, when his dad is on the other side of the country. Or that his really hot, next door neighbour is around for the holidays as well. Or that there’s a power outage that makes things even worse. Or better.
They’re combating supernatural forces with blunt instruments now. Seems legit. As long as Stiles doesn’t end up getting frostbite, he’s willing to roll with it. Not that his friends have to worry about that. Fucking werewolves.
this seems a little convoluted in my own thoughts, but I feel as if it's important to the theory of R+L=J that Lyanna was brought back to and buried in Winterfell. If a burial had been orchestrated by someone close to Robert or in King's Landing or what-have-you, then surely somebody would have noticed the evidence of her dying in childbirth, thus prompting a search for her child. Ned could hide this evidence much more easily in his own domain. ...lol, didn't know who else to whom to blather :,)
It seems probable that Lyanna’s tomb is connected to the R+L=J theory, yes. Although if Lyanna died of a postpartum fever, there might not have been much obvious evidence… but the silent sisters still might have noticed signs of a recent pregnancy. (Though whether they would have told anyone, who knows, because, y’know, “silent”.)
But I should note it’s most likely that Ned didn’t bring Lyanna’s body back as such. He brought her bones. That’s how bodies are transported for long distances, because Westeros doesn’t do seem to do much in terms of embalming and such. (The only exception we know of has been Maester Aemon, temporarily preserved in a cask of rum because cremation is the Targaryen funeral custom, and the captain of the ship he was on (sensibly) wouldn’t allow a pyre onboard.) Sometimes the silent sisters will stuff a body with salt and herbs (as in Tywin’s case), but that would be for lying in state, not transport. So again, it’s possible that someone might have noticed Lyanna’s physical state wherever her bones were prepared to be brought back to Winterfell. But if it was at the Tower of Joy then probably the only ones who’d’ve dealt with it would have been Ned and Howland Reed. (Hopefully for Ned’s mental state, Howland handled it, while Ned built cairns for their fallen cohorts or something.) Or if her body was taken to Starfall and prepared by silent sisters there, then it’d be included in the Dayne coverup that’s usually part of the R+L=J theory (along with Wylla etc).
So, even if Ned met up with Robert on the way home (which is likely as they reconciled from their dispute over Rhaegar’s children because of Lyanna’s death), Robert wouldn’t have seen anything out of the ordinary. Neither would anyone who interred Lyanna’s bones in her tomb. (Forensic science can often determine if a woman’s skeleton shows signs of pregnancy, but lol like anyone’s doing that kind of forensics in Westeros.) Mind you if the bones showed signs of violence, that certainly would have been noticed, and the fact that nobody’s ever said anything like that could be evidence of some kind or another… but then, Ned’s enforced silence on the matter doesn’t really give us any positive evidence in any direction.
Anyway. Besides whatever coverup was involved in the condition of her body, Lyanna’s tomb in Winterfell is very probably significant for the resolution and reveal of R+L=J. That ridiculous theory about the harp is bogus, but still, Jon has had dreams about the crypts of Winterfell, so there probably is some kind of message for him there. And at the very least we’ll always know that Ned loved Lyanna and Brandon so much that he made an exception to tradition for them, burying them with the Lords of Winterfell.