Derek is nine years old when he discovers the gift that he’s been given. A gift that he didn’t necessarily ask for. Derek can touch dead things and bring them back to life. But not without consequences and conditions, many of which are heartbreaking.
“Where are we going?” Derek asks instead.
“Beacon Hills,” Allison answers him, and Derek’s heart skips up a bit at the name of his home town. “You ever been there?”
“You could say that,” Derek says, letting out a deep breath. “I kinda grew up there. Before boarding school.”
“Well, get ready to go back then,” Allison says, “You free this afternoon?”
“I can ask Scott to keep an eye on the restaurant,” Derek nods, “I’ve done all my baking for today. So… this dead guy from Beacon Hills, does he have a name?”
“Gościsław Stilinski,” Allison says, and Derek’s heart stops beating.
“Stiles…” he whispers out, swallowing around the lump in his throat.
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