for theartfuljackdawkins, who saw that I reblogged this , read my tags and then jumped in my askbox with the prompt: Derek Hale as an angel sent to protect Stiles. See also cool gifset here.
The first time Derek saves Stiles’ life, Stiles is five years old and has cracked his skull at the base of the oak tree in the McCall’s backyard.
" ‘Tiles! Are you okay?" says the other boy, his eyes brimming with tears.
Derek folds his arms and sighs, radiating invisible power, and presses his hand to Stiles’ forehead. A warm rush flows through his fingers, and Stiles opens his eyes, blinking groggily.
"Are you okay?” Stiles blurts. “You fell out of the tree, Scott!”
"You caught me! You saved my life!" Scott wraps Stiles in a warm hug, and Derek watches them with distant amusement. "You’re my best friend," Scott says sincerely, and Stiles beams with happiness.
Derek flickers, a hum of pride at a job well done running through him. Preventing the death of what seems to be a sincere and loyal boy was a good first task. He wraps his wings around himself and settles in to watch over the boy.
It soon becomes clear to Derek that the greatest threat to Stiles is himself; Derek calmly resets time when Stiles tazers himself at age seven, playing with his dad’s equipment. Then a few months later, Derek finds himself emptying Stiles’ stomach of Reese’s after he binge eats the peanut butter cups with Scott on Halloween, but lets Stiles break into a rash so at least he knows he’s got a fatal peanut allergy. And it continues in a ridiculous fashion; Derek’s never had to spend so much energy saving someone’s life before.
Unfortunately Derek is helpless with Claudia Stilinski dies; his guardianship limits to his use of his powers to saving Stiles’ life only, and he grieves with Stiles.
Derek watches Stiles grow up, and protects him from all sorts of dangers (mostly Stiles’ own clumsiness), following him throughout his life. It gets frustrating; Derek’s never had to work so hard before, and apparently Stiles continues to keep putting himself in danger. Stiles studies criminology in school, and then for his senior thesis conducts field studies in gang warfare, and spends the majority of his time sneaking around and nearly getting shot. Well, actually getting shot, but Derek fixes that.
"Will you just stop getting murdered?" Derek growls, but no one hears him, as he watches as Stiles eagerly explain to his thesis adviser with bright eyes about the crossfire he got caught in, oblivious to the fact that he nearly died.
Derek finally gets permission to manifest himself a physical vessel when Stiles graduates from college and starts working in the NYPD, thinking it might be easier to befriend Stiles as a person, and knock some sense into him. He doesn’t have the full range of angelic powers as before, but it’s a trade-off, and Derek shouldn’t need to use them, now that Stiles is a fully grown adult, with a gun and everything.
Unfortunately this doesn’t work out the way he planned, because the first time Stiles meets him in person, Stiles bats his eyelashes at him and asks him out for coffee.