Imagine this. Derek. The grumpiest mermaid to ever grump the 7 seas. His tail is the colour of his magically hazel eyes, and he has these starfish and kelp thingies as jewelry around his arms and neck. And stiles the happiest teen to ever swim bc wow LOOK! Thats how the sea looks like?! Actual sea, not a photo! I always dreamed of thiiiiis-ohmygod its cold wow! Water!!! And mermaid mates and stiles maybe gets caught under water? And then kissing under water to help stiles breathe and save him!!
I’m sorry. I just had to. Bc literally all mermaid aus is stiles being a mermaid. But. Omg. I just. Derek would be SO fricking adorable being all grumpy with his tail, and flopping it irritated around and splashing, arms crossed, and looking so grumpy. Yeeessss…
@benaya-trash OLGA OLGA OLGA, LOOK AT THIS. I need to see this *coughs* so much *coughs*.
I adore mer!Stiles (and truthfully I probably prefer him to mer!Derek for reasons I don’t actually know myself) but gosh, I love mer!Derek too.
Can you imagine though, Derek being that mer person. The one who could so easily lure anyone to their deaths, just by looking a them, but he is a good soul, the purest soul; and yeah, maybe he grumps about it but he totally finds himself lurking by the nearest beach in case kids decide to ignore their parents and swim out a little too far to sea. Derek can’t count the number of kids he’s saved from drowning.
And Derek…humans have always intrigued him but none as much as Stiles Stilinski does. Stiles who is beautiful and smart and funny and who is such a beautiful swimmer…well, until he gets distracted by something and starts drowning that is (psssst, he totally keeps getting distracted by Derek’s tail). Derek does his utmost best to continue to appear annoyed every time Stiles starts drowning around him - he is kind of convinced Stiles does it on purpose just to get his attention - but he can’t help be drawn in by him every time, wanting to know more about him, to hold his freaking hand, goddammit.
Stiles who brings Derek books and reads to him about the mermaids from Homer’s The Odyssey, making Derek laugh. Stiles who brings Derek milk shakes, laughing in delight when Derek spits them out because ugh, they are horrible. Stiles whose face is covered in the most beautiful freckles Derek has ever seen; he’s never seen so many freckles on one person before, not like these, and he finds himself longing to touch them, to trace them with his fingers.
Derek who shows Stiles his favourite caves, telling him stories of the sea of his people. Derek who frowns, confused, at the way Stiles looks at him; most people look at him with awe, like they are looking at a painting; Stiles looks at him, making Derek feel almost nervous and self concious for the very first time in his life. Derek who “begrudgingly” holds Stiles’ surf board for him a he tries to learn to ride the waves, always panicking a little when Stiles falls off, scared he’s hurt (not that he will ever let on how panicked he gets, even if Stiles probably already knows by the way Derek dives after him under the water every time).
Basically, I need grumpy mer!Derek who is actually not that grumpy at all, who just pretends to be, but melts around kids and, of course, one Stiles Stilinski.