Spoken Like A Man

Author's Note: I was listening to the country song, Spoken like a Man and then this little story just started forming in my head. Pretty soon, it took a life of its own. So, here it is and I hope you enjoy it.

Part 1

"I'm telling you that Derek is not single. He doesn't act the way single men do." Rhodes scholar Lydia Martin told one of her best friends, Stiles. They were currently both in Stiles' childhood bedroom and they were discussing another of their friends.

"What do you mean by that?" Berkeley University junior, Stiles Stilinski asked. He had learned long ago never to argue with Lydia Martin when she got started on something. It was better for everybody if he just shut up and listened.

"He rushes home, never stays late, he doesn't look at other guys or girls and if he does, his eyes never linger. Have you ever noticed that he doesn't flirt with anybody even to get information that the pack may need."

"It's Derek; he never shows his true feelings."

"It's more than that, his entire personality has changed."

"What do you mean?" Stiles asked confused.

"I mean by the fact that he is genuinely happier and more relaxed." Lydia pointed out.

"What do you mean? Of course he has. He hasn't been with anyone since that girl Brandon or whatever her name was left."

"Her name was Braden and you would know that if you didn't act jealous every time anyone even looks at Derek."

"Lie" Stiles proclaimed.

"Grzegorz Genim Stilinksi, you know I wouldn't lie to you."

"How do you know that?" Stiles gasped.

Lydia just smirked and said "Scott might have let it slip that your dad was the only one who knew your real name so I had Danny hack into the police station files and find out."

"He wouldn't. Danny could never be that evil, he's too nice." Stiles told her.

"Yes he is but his boyfriend's brother is surprisingly easy to manipulate and Ethan will do anything that Aiden or Danny tells him to." Lydia told him.

"Lydia Martin, you really are too good for us mere humans." Stiles told her as he bowed.

"I know but thanks. Now onto more important matters, what are you going to do?

"What do you mean? It's too late, Derek is already taken."

"Stiles, I know you and Derek have been together for the past 4 months."

"How did?" Stiles started asking before saying "It's actually been closer to 9 months." Stiles whispered to her.

"Stiles, why were you so surprised when I said that Derek isn't single. Duh, he's not single and neither are you?" Lydia questioned.

"Derek and I aren't together." Stiles answered.

"What do you mean? You just said you were. Oh, I get it."

"Are you stupid? Why would you ever settle for a physical relationship? You love Derek."

"Yes, I do. My curious little crush turned into love in about our senior year of high school.

"Stiles, that was almost 4 years ago. You are in your final year at a top university and you have already had several job offers. I know you're not dumb why on earth didn't you ever say anything to him?" Lydia asked him.

"I tried so many times but either I would chicken out or he wouldn't take me seriously? I thought that even having a tiny part of the man I loved was better than not ever having any part of him." Stiles told her as tears started falling down his face. Stiles had not cried since Allison's death a few years before.

"I know I need to say something especially if he really is falling in love with somebody else. Derek, more than anyone else deserves to be happy." Stiles told her.

"Oh Stiles, come here and give 'Aunt Lydia' a hug. Lydia said as she sat down on Stiles' bed and gestured for him to come to her.

"It would be so simple if I was still in love with you." Stiles told her.

"Honey, you never were in love with me, you were just in love with image you made me out to be." Lydia told him as she hugged Stiles even tighter.

"I know." Stiles sniffled.