#teen wolf#stiles stilinski#medieval au in which stiles is a poor stableboy who’s wearing rags#and derek is the prince who feels smothered in the castle and often sneaks out to wander the streets and forest alone#and one day someone tries to kill him and stiles saves his life#and the hales make him a servant in the castle which is a slight step up from sleeping in the hay#and he mostly ends up serving derek and there’s a whole lot of snark and sarcasm going on#and then they fall in love (via dylanships)
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so, same initial situation, stiles is a stable boy or maybe he works in a tavern and derek is the prince who dresses up as a commoner and sneaks out of the castle because all this talk about politics and agriculture and marriage gives him a headache cause he’s just….he doesn’t want to rule, okay? laura would be much better suited for running a country and so would cora. but of course their job in life is to marry into important other royal families to strengthen and form alliances and derek’s job is to find the perfect queen who’ll rule the country with him and he just really doesn’t want to but he knows he’s running out of time, people are already starting to talk and his parents have to put some more pressure on him to finally choose because their allies are getting impatient.
and one time when he’s out, he runs into stiles. and stiles doesn’t know who he is, because he couldn’t care less about the court, he never goes to processions and stuff because really, all the other common people are always going way overboard with their admiration for the royal family and honestly all they do later is sigh about their life and how they wish they could be royalty too and why would anyone wanna torture themselves by looking at what they can never have? and anyway, stiles is happy where he is. sure, it’s hard work, and he never got to meet his parents, but mrs mccall took him in and she’s a really awesome woman and her son scott is his brother in every way but in blood. sure, scott has the cooler job, what with him and his mother working for dr. deaton the physician, but he’s fine with the hard work because it makes his brain more quiet and he can stop thinking for a while
anyway, derek and stiles meet and they become tentative friends first and when stiles asks derek what he does, derek tells him he works in the castle he just assumes derek is a servant. it explains why derek can never meet him when there’s something important going on in the castle, when diplomats and such come to visit, because hey, all hands on deck, right? and so what if he’s called derek, lots of people named their sons derek after the prince was born. derek doesn’t talk about his job much, which is fine, because stiles isn’t all that interested anyway and there are much better things to do and talk about. and anyway, they fall in love, and if derek is always in a bad mood after there are those meetings in the castle and if he sometimes fucks him as if he’s afraid stiles is slipping out of his fingers and he’ll never get to touch him again, well, so maybe derek is just overworked and stressed and obviously has some abandonment issues.
and it’s all fine, until one day scott sees them, and well, scott knows derek, because deaton is the best physician in the city so obviously he treats the royal family whenever necessary. and when derek makes him promise not to tell anyone, not to tell stiles because when he tells him it’s gonna be on his own terms dammit, he promises, because he likes derek, derek has always been nice to him and the other servants. but stiles is his brother and he can’t just lie to him, so the next time there’s an official celebration - this time it’s the argents coming, proposing a marriage between derek and their daughter to ensure the fragile peace treaty between them holds - he drags stiles along with him. only later he really wishes he hadn’t, because the look on stiles’ face when he realises who derek really is is the most painful thing scott has ever seen.
and derek doesn’t come visit stiles for days, because he’s busy navigating the rocky waters of diplomacy - allison is a sweet girl and he likes her fine and rejecting her could mean another war but he loves stiles and how can they expect him to marry the niece of the woman who tried to kill his entire family? - and stiles meanwhile goes from being angry to crying to being just about ready to sock derek in the face. and when derek does come, uh, well, he does hit him, because he’s angry. and he yells at derek for betraying his trust and how could he do that to him??? stiles loves — loved him goddammit, and was he just a plaything for derek? something to kill some time with? He’s just cruel, cruel to come here and make stiles love him when he always knew they could never be together.
and when he’s finally stopped yelling because he can’t even be angry anymore, he just feels so tired and empty, derek is pale and shaking and he swears, no stiles, no, he doesn’t want to marry, he doesn’t care about wealth and the crown, he doesn’t care about any of it, and he loves him family, he does, and he knows his duty, but he only wants stiles. and serving his country is something that’s carved into his bones, a feeling of duty that’s been hammered into him since he developed the ability to think, but he’s willing to give it all up for stiles, they could just run away, disappear, spend the rest of their lives together. and god, stiles is so tempted, but he also knows it would have horrible consequences for the country and he can’t leave scott and melissa, but god, he also wants to be selfish one time.
so they agree to take some time to think about it, but before they can make a decision, the hales find out about their relationships. queen talia isn’t stupid, she knows her son sneaks out a lot and she’s always let him, because she realises he needs his space, but if it was foolish before it’s absolutely insane now that the argents are here and the situation is complicated and dangerous and one wrong move could mean war. to say that she is startled when she finds her son kissing a stable boy is a bit of an understatement.
"so this is the real reason you don’t want to marry" she says
and derek grabs stiles’ hand and moves to stand in front of him, as if he has to protect him from her, and asks her not to punish him, it’s all his fault and she interrupts him and asks the boy to step into the light so she can have a good look at him. and he does, and he’s afraid, a little, but he holds his head high, and he looks strong and beautiful and kind and defiant and talia thinks of course his son would fall for someone like him.
and there’s something else about him so she asks for his name and about his age and family, and the boy tells her he’s named stiles and he was raised by the mccalls after they found him abandoned in the forest, so they assume his mother was very young or very poor and couldn’t care for him, and that was eighteen years ago.
and queen talia looks at him and realises he has his mother’s eyes. and she tells derek to go find a messenger and tell him to ride to king stilinski as fast as possible, for she has found his lost son.
and stiles is terribly confused. he knows the story of course, everyone knows the story, of how king stilinski’s son and only heir disappeared one night when he was still a toddler, and most people assume he was killed, possibly by the whittemores to ensure their son, the king’s nephew, would sit on the throne one day, but the king still hasn’t given up the belief that his son is still alive. and he’s searched far and wide, and most people pity him, because he lost his wife as well to a gruesome illness, and he’s a good and kind king, but really, he needs to face reality and marry someone else to make sure the nasty whittemore boy doesn’t end up as his heir.
anyway, stiles obviously doesn’t believe her, but they make him see king stilinski once he arrives, and the king just takes one look at him and then hugs him, because really, he’s the spitting image of queen claudia and stiles still has some trouble wrapping his mind around all of it, but yeah, when he looks at the king he sees much of himself there, and he just knows it’s the truth. and obviously king stilinski gives the mccalls a title, because they looked after his boy and raised him well, and he takes stiles home to teach him about his country, and after a while he subtly starts hinting that he and claudia and the hales always had a marriage between their children in mind, an at first he thought stiles was going to marry cora, but maybe it was time they changed the rules a little?
and derek ends up giving his title to laura and goes to marry stiles, and well, now that scott’s a ser and practically king stilinski’s son anyway he’s actually a good match for allison. her parents aren’t too happy about that, obviously, but it all works out in the end and the whittemore kid ends up marrying lydia martin even though he doesn’t have a kingdom and they all live happily ever after.