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Gen fic recs with the Sheriff

Hello everyone!

So based on looking through older posts, I assume that it's okay to ask for recs (instead of looking for a specific fic), so I'm hoping y'all can help me out!

I just recently finished series 2, and I'm seriously craving some good Sheriff-and-Stiles fic that focuses on the strain that's on their relationship due to all the lies and secrets, preferably with the Sheriff getting clued in on all the werewolf business and all that tension between them being resolved. (Absolutely no bad!Sheriff! I think he's such a wonderful character and that he loves his son soooo much, which is why their dynamic is so fascinating, imo!)

Now, the catch is, I'm looking for gen, i.e. NO STEREK please! Or if it is Stiles/Derek, it has to either be so extremely well built up and in-character that I actually believe it, or it's otherwise very light and I can ignore it. (I just can't see the whole Sterek thing in canon, and if I don't believe it, it's just really weird for me to read it.)

Also, I'm a total sucker for hurt/comfort / illness/injury, so those would be a huge plus!

Looking through this comm I've found a few fics meeting this criteria, but not very many, and I'm having trouble searching through the fandom since it's so dominated by Sterek, so I'd love any help I can get! (Speaking of, I'd also be interested in any Teen Wolf gen LJ communities, if you know of one, or any other way to more efficiently sift through all the Sterek, since I can't seem to find any of those...)

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acadine11
May. 6th, 2013 08:22 pm (UTC)
marguerite_26 has instructions on how to search for non-Sterek fics at the AO3 here. It's not a perfect solution, but it should still be helpful.

And your request is tricky! I looked through my bookmarks and I don't think I found any one fic that has all of what you're looking for, but these fics are as close as I can get:

Beyond the Call of Duty and Family by Welfycat (and sequel). Gen. This doesn't have the tension and strain in their relationship because it starts just after the Sheriff finds out about werewolves, but it's a long gen fic about the Sheriff learning what it means for Stiles (and the others) to be part of a werewolf pack. Really good. (The sequel is the pack at Christmas.)

Spying by snowdarkred. Gen. Tag to 2x8. This is like the opposite from the first: it shows the Sheriff's suspicions about his son, but is much shorter and doesn't resolve the tension. A very excellent perspective on what Stiles's behavior looks like from someone who's not in-the-know.

Wrath by theFeelsWhale. Gen. Tag to 2x12. Stiles's bruised face and busted lip are the last straw for the Sheriff. (Again, since it's a tag, it's more of a meditation on the Sheriff's anger at that point in time rather than giving any resolution.)

Picking Up Strays by peroxidepest17. Gen. Stiles convinces his dad to take Isaac in instead of sending him to a foster home. The focus is more on how they start to become a family, but the Sheriff does still take note of all the strange things happening and Stiles's evasions, and eventually things come to a head. Pretty fun to read and has three sequels (two linked on AO3 and one on lj).

The Trouble with Reclining Your Body in a Horizontal Position by bookgoddess15. Stiles started lying compulsively after his mom died and his dad has always called him on it, but things change when Stiles starts lying about werewolves. Really interesting dynamic between the Stilinskis and Derek fits in the story so naturally. It's marked as Sterek, but honestly, there's nothing particularly romantic or sexual about their interaction; you can totally read it as gen.

the blood blooms clean in you, ruby by M_leigh. Stiles-centric with eventual Derek/Stiles. OMG, this is such a good fic. On one level, it's a post-S2 fic that deals with the alpha pack, Stiles's developing magical skills, his fracturing relationships with Scott and his father, and his (very) slowly developing interest in Derek; but it's also a story of Stiles's continuing grief for his mother, the complex tangle of love and resentment he feels for both his parents, his own self-loathing for what he sees as his role in his mother's death, and his incandescent anger and frustration with his current inability to help save the people he loves. Seriously, Stilinski famly feels are OFF THE CHART in this fic (although only some of them are because of Stiles's lying about werewolves). It is Sterek, but it's not overwhelmingly or even overtly romantic; the fic starts them off where canon leaves them, and most of the story could easily be read as a slowly developing friendship. And even at the end when their feelings are more clearly romantically inclined, there's no sudden sex scene to surprise you or anything; I don't even think they kiss. (I feel like I also have to note the fic is written in second person, but PLEASE DON'T LET THAT STOP YOU! Seriously, I cry every time somebody tells me they gave up on this fic one paragraph in because of the second person. Trust me, the longer you read, the less you notice it, and it is part of the reason this story is so emotionally intense.)
acadine11
May. 6th, 2013 08:59 pm (UTC)
There's also Coming Undone by KouriArashi (and quite a few equally long sequels). I'm less sure this one fits what you're looking for, but I thought it couldn't hurt to mention simply because this is probably the longest mostly gen series I know of, and so you might find it interesting just because of that.

This story goes AU at the end of S1: instead of letting Stiles go, Peter puts him in the trunk of his car and kidnaps him; the events at the Hale house turn out differently. The main plot isn't with Stiles's dad (more on post-Hale house issues and Gerard), and because it went AU before most of the strain in the canon!Stilinskis relationship happened, it's not as tense as some of the other stories I've listed. However, the Sheriff is eventually clued in and bad things happen and he ends up with a serious injury and there are some great Stilinski bonding moments because of it. I should say that while this fic is entirely gen, as the story progresses in the sequels, Derek and Stiles's relationship does deepen, primarily on an emotional level (although they are physically comfortable with each other), and the author eventually tags it as an asexual relationship. And even when their relationship becomes more defined, it still doesn't overshadow the other relationships they have; these are very much pack-oriented stories.

And while I don't know of any specifically gen TW communities, you're certainly welcome to browse my gen bookmarks here to see if anything sparks your interest. And I know marguerite_26 keeps a list of rare pair recs, and if you scroll all the way to the bottom, she has her gen recs there too.

Hope that helps!
falcytan_dream
May. 7th, 2013 02:06 am (UTC)
Hooray! Thank you for all the recs. A lot of those sound like exactly what I'm looking for, so I can't wait to read them!

And thanks for linking me to marguerite_26. Just scrolling through it looks like it's going to be very helpful. And same to your bookmark page! All this is certain to keep me busy for at least a little while =]
argentum_ls
May. 7th, 2013 04:46 pm (UTC)
The gen comm is teenwolfgen. There's not much there yet, but activity has a way of breeding activity.
marilla_pm67
Aug. 4th, 2014 01:02 pm (UTC)
Love your request !!!! Really, especially : "Now, the catch is, I'm looking for gen, i.e. NO STEREK please! Or if it is Stiles/Derek, it has to either be so extremely well built up and in-character that I actually believe it, or it's otherwise very light and I can ignore it. (I just can't see the whole Sterek thing in canon, and if I don't believe it, it's just really weird for me to read it.) "

I have the same problem! Really, I love the interaction they have but I can't see it happening on the show :D
Thanks for the request .

Can you point me to great Gen fictions if you bookmarked them?
Thanks in advance.
Sam

Edited at 2014-08-04 01:02 pm (UTC)
falcytan_dream
Aug. 6th, 2014 05:50 am (UTC)
RIGHT? It's so hard to find really good gen fics for a show that has such a massive following of one particular pairing, especially if you want good character fics as opposed to more episode-like stories. (And it's really weird being on that other side; In the other fandoms I like reading fics, I'm absolutely on board of the main ship containing 99.99% of the online fandom lol).

Anyhoo, unfortunately, my bookmarks are still quite lacking, especially since I fell out of the fandom at the beginning of ssn3 (the issues I had with the show ended up outweighing the love I had for the characters, and I just lost my motivation to keep up with it), but here's what I have (and do still revisit every once in a while):

Men of a Certain Age is one of my all time favourite Sheriff-focused fics, where the Sheriff and Chris Argent BFF badasses together.

Strays series is another good pack-dad!Sheriff series.

I also have Beyond the Call of Duty bookmarked as a good pack-dad!Sheriff fic, but it's been so long I actually don't remember much of what happens in it.

All the other fics I have are, in fact, Sterek (or at least super strong Stiles/Derek bromance), since Stiles is my favourite character and I wasn't able to find good gen fics focusing on him. But I'll go ahead and list what I have in case you're interested, because they do fall under the category of "I can actually believe it":

Coming Undone (Sum of its Parts series) is one of my all time favourites. It turned into a fairly massive 'verse (which I just realized I actually haven't even read all of - it's definitely now first on my fics-to-read/reread list), but if you're a Stiles fan but don't want to read all 700k of the series, at the very least read 'Coming Undone'. The premise is what if Peter locked Stiles in the trunk way back in ssn1 (if you remember that scene where Peter had Stiles hostage in the parking garage) and left him in there to die - It then follows Stiles' character development from that really shaky point to becoming really strong/self-confident and generally badass. It does turn into Sterek, but it's not the main focus, and it actually flows into it fairly well imo.

Wolf Whistle is a post-ssn2 fic series with Stiles as the main focus, where he's an awesome sorcerer (I'm still a huge fan of the idea of magic!Stiles). Even my other friend (who also really doesn't like the idea of Sterek) really loves this series.

No Oceans Left is another of my favourites. It's an AR/AU where Stiles is actually a merman. It's a very emotional story and an interesting character study on Stiles. Again, Sterek, but it's minor (the story is very much about Stiles), and is actually built up quite nicely.

Go Home, or Make a Home is a post-ssn1 AU where killing Peter does cure Scott, and it's about Derek and Stiles figuring things out about themselves from there. It's a short fic, and Sterek is the main focus, but it's well done and with an interesting enough premise that I, at least, am okay with it.

And if you want a good punch-to-the-gut AR story, there's this little what-if Derek-Stiles friendship ficlet on Tumblr. I don't want to spoil anything so I'm not going to say anything except GO READ IT if you don't mind stories that leave you screaming "WHY???" and "I WANT MORE!!!!". :)


I hope there are at least a couple stories in there that float your boat! And if you know of/find any other good gen fics (especially Stiles and/or Sheriff focused - if you couldn't tell, they're my absolute favourites <3<3<3), I'd love it if you could share some of them, too :D
marilla_pm67
Aug. 6th, 2014 09:58 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer :D

I found a couple of my own, I really enjoyed, because like I asked they are Gen fiction. Some are unbetaed ... but the writing is ok... so I link them nevertheless :d

The Dark Side of the Moon
The ritual is done, but the consequences aren't over. The door inside Stiles' head is still open and they're running out of time to get it closed. Lydia's powers are growing and Derek might hold the key to a link in her past. With Stiles slowly losing his mind and Lydia being the only person who can help him keep it together, the pack is in a race against time to help their friend. Will they be able to close the door in time or will Stiles be lost to them forever?

****

Pain Splattered Teardrops On My Shirt
He doesn't know what he's doing there. He doesn't even know how he knows where her house is, but he does. His whole life has been turned upside down, or so he's been told. He doesn't actually remember much, so he can't confirm or deny those allegations, but ever since he woke up in that hospital bed, he feels like a fish out of water more often than not.

****

Shadows that follow you
Sick of Stiles' lying about what he's been upto, and worried about him in the aftermath of being attacked after the lacrosse championship, Sheriff Stilinski sends Stiles go and spend the summer with his sister Felicity in Starling City. Oliver and Diggle are very curious about Felicity's baby brother, and want to help him....but then Stiles' past in Beacon Hills folows him to Starling City.

I really enjoyed that one, even if it's a Crossover and a preSlash Sterek ... but I really, really loved it. Because it's doable and believable. Hope you will enjoy that one too .

****

Lupus venefica
A new pack with an old connection to the Hales comes into town, seeking revenge. The Darkness settles deeply across Stiles, Allison, and Scott, bleeding into the rest of the pack. And then real blood begins to flow, and a mysterious symbol begins to appear, linking Allison's family with the Hales, linking Cora to great power, linking the gap between life and death.

Something shadows them, looming great and dark and dangerous, and yet untouchable. Inheritance hangs before Cora, waiting for her grasp. When she claims it, it claims her, and the haunting begins.

(The dead are coming to Beacon Hills.)

To be honest I finished that one over the Week End. It was I must finish it, I must know fiction for me. I really enjoyed the writing and the story ... It was good to read, good to grumble about ... and all that.

****

Radioactive
Scott couldn't breathe properly. All he could hear was the thump, thump, thump in his ears. Stiles was missing. Gone, he was completely gone.

Stiles had been jogging in the woods. He had hit the ground hard and before he'd fully blacked out he had thought 'oh god, I'm going to die'. He'd woken up in a cage in Mexico.

That one was a good strange one, in were Stiles become an Alpha ... I liked reading it.

****

But Death Cannot Kill Their Names
The first time Stella heard the name "Stiles," she was three years old, but it would be years before she knew what it meant.

A Wonderful "Death Fiction". I'm not a sucker for them at all, but this one is just great... I love it. Where Stiles is a Parent ...
marilla_pm67
Aug. 6th, 2014 09:58 am (UTC)
second part of the comment ;:!D

****

Bad Habit

The Sheriff is working and Scott forgets what day it is, so for the first time Stiles finds himself alone on anniversary of his mom's death. So is it really any surprise that he ends up getting drunk in the woods? Not really. The appearance of Derek-freaking-Hale in said woods on the other hand, that's a bit of a shock. Even more shocking is that Derek sticks around and Stiles can't figure out why, because this is the guy that views him as the annoying, fragile, human sidekick. So why does he suddenly seem to almost give a crap?

I'm not really sure if that one is Sterek or not, but I know I liked it, because it's focused on Stiles and on his mother.

***

Backslash
Maybe some part of Stiles had always known there would be a price; that one day he would be called to account for the rampant swath of destruction the Nogitsune had cut while wearing his face. Maybe a small part of him even thought he might deserve it to some extent, but he never expected it to happen quite like this.

Stiles Stilinski has woken up in a lot of strange places lately, not all of them real. So when he wakes to find himself a prisoner in unfamiliar surroundings, he isn't immediately sure whether he's even awake at all. This nightmare quickly proves very real, however, when it turns out Stiles is in the hands of someone seriously wronged by his unfortunately evil doppelganger, someone who is now looking for answers... and revenge.

That one is a WIP I stumble upon Last Friday ... and I kinda enjoyed the writing.

****

Let's Keep Going in This Same Direction (Keep Moving Forwards)

In which Stiles is kidnapped and presumed killed by hunters.

They're not expecting the werewolf with blue eyes, two years later.

Winter Solder fusion AU post 3b.



That's all for the moment... hope to find more...
Sam
falcytan_dream
Aug. 7th, 2014 04:48 am (UTC)
Re: second part of the comment ;:!D
Oooooooh, thanks so much! Unfortunately it sounds like I can't read a couple of them since it requires getting further into ssn3 (although I admit, I am tempted into doing so - This weekend might end up being a Teen Wolf Netflix weekend...), but many of the others sound pretty great. Thanks again for the recs! I'll let you know if I stumble upon any other good gen stories :)
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