Artist: adobejunkie -I can't link to art post. I am only seeing broken links. Will edit that out later.
Word Count: 60,000 +
Characters/Pairings: Sterek, Other Canon Characters, OMCs, OFCs
Content/Warnings/Enticements: Grief & Mourning, Ritualistic Mating Practices which include; biting-but not for the sake of turning, bloodletting-but not for the sake of kink, knotting-but definitely for the sake of kink
Post Season 2, Future fic, Some canonical events/characters from Season 3 are mentioned
Story begins roughly nine years post high school.
After the death of his wife, Stiles finds himself left alone with their three children, struggling to keep from being sucked into a void of grief and despair that her death left him with. Knowing his children are safe in the pack's arms under Derek's watchful eyes, he struggles to regain his footing. What do you do when the world keeps tumbling over you and what you've thought of as fact no longer holds true? As the world comes back into focus, so does the love for Derek he thought he'd long since conquered and now with his eyes open, what he thought was the end of him, is only a new beginning.
A decade after he fell in love with Stiles, countless days of keeping himself restrained while building a friendship with him, Derek finds out with absolute certainty that Stiles is his mate. You only mate once in your life, so how is it that Stiles was mated to Sophia, his wife and mother of his three children, the woman he is grieving the loss of at the same moment that Derek makes his discovery.
Thank you to my wonderful artist and to my beta. I am forever thankful that you both chose to go on this journey with me.
This story is not yet completed. I will be posting the prologue now plus 8 chapters after that are betad after I sleep and 9,10,11 & Epilogue will follow this week. I'm sorry for not having more to post now, but I've had two premier parties to plan and go to and a lot of other personal setbacks in the weeks leading up to this. I will edit this to link to the master post when that is more complete.
Link to Art Master Post
Link to Master Fic Post
Current Location: Beacon Hills, California
Current Mood: lonely
Current Music: Underneath