Teen Wolf AU: Stiles is feeling on edge after the latest monster of the week attempts to kill Derek. He confronts Derek about his feelings.
“Stiles, I care about you too,” Derek breathes out, wringing his hands together.
Through force of habit, Stiles chews his thumbnail again in an attempt to calm his anxiety. Although, he doesn’t know what’s gotten his heart sky-rocketing more; the fact that Derek is confessing his feelings or the fact that everything in Beacon Hills is trying so hard to beat down Derek like he hasn’t already had a lifetime of anguish enough to hollow him out.
“I need you to survive, Derek,” Stiles admits, head hung low, “I can’t lose. Without you, I just–
“Which is why I’m not letting you go,” Derek finishes, a small smile tugging around the corner of his lips, like he can’t believe those words came out of his own mouth. Stiles picks his head up, sees the way Derek is looking at him, all earnest and loving. It’s enough for Stiles to pick himself up and walk over to him to bury his face in Derek’s neck, his nose brushing under stubble and finding warmth.