Tell me more of this celibate!Derek/getting experience!Stiles scenario you speak of. ::chinhands:: Go ahead, get your thoughts together. I’ll wait. ::stares at you::
Oooh, I will. I will. I’ll tell you how Stiles knows aaaall about relationships. He knows everything about planning dates, breakfasts in bed, talking on the phone for hours, random gifts just because, anniversaries, meeting the parents… When he dated James in college, they even moved in together and adopted a puppy—which was clearly crazy but he made it work and he had fun doing it. Stiles wins at relationships.
Derek… really really doesn’t.
Derek has never been in an actual relationship. He dated Paige, and then had to kill her. He dated Kate, who then went on to kill his family. He dated Jennifer, only to find out that she’s an evil druid. So after that it’s kind of like… maybe he should stick to what he’s good at, you know? Read some books, stalk some teenagers, pretend not to care.
And it works for Derek. It works for him for a good long while. But then Stiles comes back from college and everything changes.
Derek starts to want. He finds himself reaching out—like seriously, physically reaching out to Stiles even when he doesn’t mean to, leaning into Stiles’ warmth, dreaming about him, and—okay, he’s not an idiot, he knows what all that means, but he has no idea how to go about asking Stiles out. Would Stiles even want to? He knows everything about Derek by now, every little failure, every time he was selfish, every time he was stupid… Every time he’d been beaten, Stiles had been there.
Derek can’t even bring himself to hope.
But it turns out you can only repress and deny for so long. After a close call with a siren, Derek grabs Stiles – dripping wet and gasping and fragile in his arms – and kisses him.
Afterwards, Stiles tells him it was a movie kiss. They were alone on the beach at night, wet and clinging to each other, almost trembling from adrenaline and exhaustion. What’s not movie material is what comes after, which is Derek running away with his metaphorical tail between his legs.