Long Distance AU (part one | part two): Derek and Stiles have been dating for five months before Derek decides to leave Beacon Hills, and Stiles understands, he does, understands why Derek would need a break from a town filled with fire and ash and guilt buried six-years deep. Derek makes Stiles promise to call whenever he starts to feel panicky or when the darkness tries to creep back into his mind (even if it’s three in the morning, Stiles, I mean it) and Stiles makes sure that Derek will keep his word to text Stiles whenever he starts going down that mental road of thinking that he’s not worth saving (don’t you dare give up on yourself, Derek, I swear to god-) and it’s good, it works. Early morning Hello’s and late night skype chats that end when Stiles ultimately tires out and falls asleep with his face smushed into his pillow, Derek lingering a little while longer just to watch Stiles’ face go slack with sleep, cheeks flushed and lips parted, listens to the soft even breathing through the tinny speakers.
Stiles leaves video recordings for Derek sometimes when Derek messes up the time schedules and doesn’t show.
It’s been seven months of Derek living in New York. Sometimes he thinks that he’s just waiting around for an excuse to return, because god I miss you, Stiles, sounds too pathetic of a reason when spoken aloud.