AU » Hear You Me
Derek Hale didn’t pay much mind to Stiles Stilinski until the day he watched him die. Five seconds was all it took. They were ambushed and alone, just one werewolf and one human; Derek’s foot caught, his heel dragged, his eyes flashed away for a moment and Stiles was grabbed. There was blood everywhere by the time Derek turned back.
He barely even knew the kid but it gnawed at his every thought. Scott, Lydia, Stiles’ father, they all looked at Derek like it was his fault - and wasn’t it? If he had just been quicker, faster, stronger, then maybe one more person would still be alive. So when Stiles’ ghost starts haunting Derek after nightfall, Derek wonders if he’s going crazy or being given a second chance to know the boy he couldn’t save.