It’s a good thing you’re pretty, Derek.
!! Yeah, that’s my thoughts exactly XD
OH GOD! This is like the exact set of images that went through my head when I watched this.
EXACTLY. I WAS LIKE: “NO, YOU IDIOT, IT’S YOUR MATE. REMEMBER? STILES?” *FLIPS TABLE*
Except that Derek doesn’t fucking have a relationship with Stiles yet beyond “oh you again why do we keep getting stuck together?” It’s Scott he has a relationship with, who he wants in his pack but who resists him because he doesn’t agree with Derek and doesn’t trust him to want the same things (like protecting Jackson instead of killing him).
Scott and Derek need each other as a pack. Derek has been wanting to protect Scott and teach him since he’s first been turned, he still wants to be there for Scott now even though the things he does keep driving the boy away from him. And Scott wants to be there for Derek because that’s the kind of person he is- he wants to be there for everyone, protect everyone, and a part of him wants to be pack as well.
Please can we all stop relating every single thing in this show to a ship that so far exists only potentially out of fandom? Especially when it means you ignore the developing relationship between Scott and Derek, which is real and valid and important to their characters.
Please don’t cheapen the work that’s going into them by pretending like Derek has an obligation to drop everything and focus on Stiles because that’s what the fandom wants/sees. There is more to Derek and Stiles than Sterek. Scott is part of it for both of them.
Wow, it’s his mate? Stiles is not his mate! He’s not even his friend! They tolerate each other because of Scott.