I mean, I’ve always been convinced Sterek was going to become canon, but after last night, if I hadn’t been convinced before, I would be now.
You’re telling me that Derek fell in love with someone who didn’t like him at first and was 500% done with him and his “look how cool and tough I am” attitude? The one human who wasn’t going to take his bullshit?
You’re telling me that Derek fell in love with someone who figured out that he was Something Else, maybe even knew what, and yet still liked him anyway? Who didn’t think he was an abomination?
And I don’t mean like teenage crush fell in love. I mean willing to tell her his secret. Desiring to have her turned to be with him, to be safe from illness and injury. Willing to profoundly and permanently alter himself in order to end her suffering. I mean that his interaction with her, his love for her, having to lose her, changed him to his very core.
I can’t even start thinking about how Derek is probably so afraid to start anything real like that again that he tried to chase Stiles away. Intimidate him. Scare him. It stopped working, if it ever really had worked, because Derek also finds himself protecting Stiles. Maybe it’s a reflex. Maybe he sees in Stiles what he saw in Paige.
Or what about how Peter sat there and straight up talked to Stiles about how Derek’s first love went from “I hate you, go away” to “making out in every dark corner alone” and how Derek probably recognized the scenario from the start the second time.
He’s falling in love again, and it’s probably terrifying.