A Shot In The Dark (Teen Wolf fic)

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Title: A Shot In The Dark
Author(s): tsukinofaerii
Date(s): 20 June 2013
Length: 19,477 words
Genre: Gen, Casefic
Fandom: Teen Wolf
External Links: Fic on AO3

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A Shot In The Dark is a popular Teen Wolf fan fic by tsukinofaerii. It's a gen casefic from the Sheriff's POV, and involves the Sheriff finding out about werewolves while investigating how his son Stiles got shot.

Author's Summary

Sheriff Stilinski wanted it stated for the record that he wasn't an idiot. He knew Stiles was up to his ears in something. There were too many nights sneaking out or in, too many coincidences, too many fumbled silences for him not to realize something was up, and it was escalating.

It wasn't any of the usual things, but when whatever it was landed his son in the hospital with a bullet in his leg, it was the last straw.

Recs and Reviews

I stayed up until 1AM to finish reading this, even though I had to get up for work at 5:30. It was SO GOOD. Your characters are pitch perfect, and when the Sheriff finally got enough together to get into the action, I just couldn't stop reading. Your pacing, the dry tone of the Sheriff's thought process, the fact that Stiles knew that the Sheriff knew that something was afoot, but they both still held patience and let it draw out... I think he might have been prepared at that point to believe in werewolves, but his abrupt ability to switch tracks and accept that the wolves were the good guys and Stiles was hip-deep with them, that just impressed me SO much. I love the sheriff. -kattale's review.[1]
I'm starting to feel spoiled with the wonderful Sheriff-centric fics that are coming out recent, and this is no exception. <3 A delightful use of several months, and somewhat horrifying at the same time. . . I just love when everything comes together in such a coherent and reasonable way, which maybe makes me sound boring but reason/logic is not exactly in steady supply in the series itself. -muscatlove's review.[2]
Fantastic Sheriff-centric fic. It's a clever, plotty fic told through Sheriff's POV as he finally has too much of Stiles lies and just can't accept them any longer. Wonderful read and packed full of Stilinki Feels. -marguerite-26's rec post.[3]
Great story! Touching and funny and very in-character. . . I like how you showed us Stiles through his father's eyes, that mix of pride and fear. Also had to laugh at how silly and young Derek seems from the Sheriff's POV - the leather, the muscles, the creepy high-school posse.

This reminds me of a quote about how every children's adventure story must begin with getting rid of the parents. I love that Teen Wolf has managed to both avoid that, with the Argents and now Melissa clued-in to the werewolf stuff, and poke fun at it, with Lydia always shouting to her off-screen, unseen mother from her room. -inezthearcher's review.[4]

Wow, this was a tremendous story: well-paced, suspenseful, rich in detail and feelings. The sheriff's behavior actually made me a little uncomfortable--I think in some ways he went too far, taking Stiles' phone, computer, friends--but it served to communicate the intensity of his desperation to protect his kid. And I loved the way you had him piece together the evidence and figure out what was what. The suspense in places was almost unbearable! Really, a fantastic piece of work! -Too_Old's review.[5]


  1. ^ kattale. "Comment". Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Comment from muscatlove". Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Rec post by marguerite-26". Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Comment from inezthearcher". Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Too_Old. "Comment". Retrieved 29 July 2014.