"Goodbye Mike"

She disappeared, with the Demogorgon.

"El where are you?"

Mike woke up, screaming, crying. The nightmares were consistent, every night, every night he had to relive her vanishing. He hadn't gotten very much sleep for the past month.

Nancy rushed into his room

"Mike, it's ok, it's ok."

She felt bad for him, not many people, if any people, watch the person that they like vanish into thin air.

"She's gone, she disappeared and I did nothing, I just sat there."

"It's not your fault."

Mike had lost his happiness, most people could see that. On the outside, he tried to act normal, the only people who really knew he was hurting was his friends, and Nancy. His grades suffered, he would cut classes to go out in the woods and look for her. He wasn't always sad, he was mostly sad when he got home, it was easier to get angry than sad, he could channel his anger to a specific person, luckily he hadn't had to yet. It was the natural thought among his friends that El was dead, they thought he was crazy to think she wasn't, he knew that.

"Look, try to get some sleep, ok?"


He couldn't, after he woke up from the nightmares, he could never get back to sleep.

A few hours later, he got up for school, he wasn't skipping any classes today, it would be too suspicious.

Once he got to school, he found that Dustin had already gotten there, and Lucas was only five minutes away, Will was probably behind him. Once They got there they walked in. Classes were as usual, he didn't pay much attention. After lunch, Mike and his friends were going to science, when Mike heard someone calling him.

"Hey frog face."

Just walk away, he was telling himself

"Frog face, wait up."

Just walk away

"What, you running because you don''t have the freak to save you this time?"

That was it

Mike turned around, and punched Troy in the nose, he fell, hearing a crack.

"Don't, bring her into this."

He started punching, shot after shot, he wasn't stopping.

"Oh shit guys, he not stopping." Said Dustin, who started wrangling his friend off of the kid to had oppressed them for years.

"I need to go to the bathroom." Said Mike

He left, leaving a bloody Troy on the floor.

He rushed to the bathroom, making sure no one else was there he started crying, washing the blood off of his hands, that's not the person that El would want him to be, even if it was a mouth breather he was punching.

Someone walked in, it was Will.

"Hey, Dustin wanted me to tell you to meet us at science."

"Ok, I'll be there in two minutes."

The rest of the day was pretty normal, except for Troy was in the nurses office for two periods.

"Hey, let's go to my house after school." Mike said to his friends


They left for Mike's house after that class, as they were walking in, they heard a voice yelling for Mike.

"Michael! Come here for a second will you!?"

It was his mother, no doubt that is was about the fight at school


He walked in

"Yeah mom?"

"I just wanted to know how your day was, if you say-"

"Punched a kid in the face?"

"Yes, that was you?"

"Yes." He said, getting a little quieter


"It's Troy, you know? The kid that has been harassing us for three years?"

"And what did he do this time."

Shit, he had to think of an excuse, his mom didn't know about El, and he wanted to keep it that way, at least for now.

"He was messing with Dustin, and he wouldn't stop, so I punched him, he stopped."

"Well, ok, but please, try not punching people in the future?"


He was walking out

"Mike, just know, you can talk to me.'"

The boys went downstairs and setup for D&D, Mike had a new campaign written.

It was the middle of the game, and Will had excused himself to go to the bathroom.

"Mike, go tell Will to hurry up, it's his turn." Said Lucas

He went, and checked on Will, he was passed out, on the floor, repeating something that Mike couldn't hear.

"Guys! I need help!"

They lifted Will over to the couch.

Mike got lower to hear what he was saying.

"Mike. Mike."

Then, he woke up.

"Hey Will, mind oh I don't know. Explaining what the fuck just happened!?" Said Lucas

"Ever since I got back, I've been getting these, flashes, to the upside down."

"Why were you chanting my name."

"I, I've been seeing a girl in there, she has a shaved head."

Lucas and Dustin could see his eyes change, to emotionless, like he didn't even know the person he was talking to, they had already seen that look once today.

"For how long."

"Since I got ba-"

He had noticed the look he was giving him

"And you didn't think to tell me? You made just made me think I was crazy like everyone else? You didn't think 'Hmm, maybe Mike would like to know, that the girl that he has been looking for, for a month is calling out his name in the upside down.'"

It was a void, emotionless tone, calm Mike was around ten times creepier than angry Mike, even though angry Mike actually punched people.

"Look, What I've heard about El is that she died, and in case you didn't know. DEAD PEOPLE DON'T COME BACK."

"You know you can't say that, you, of all people, you came back to life!"

"I WENT MISSING, I WASN'T ACTUALLY WITNESSED DYING!" His voice was getting louder, intimidated by Mike's calm tone, he knew that it was the calm before the storm.

"We didn't see her die, she just disappeared."

And with that, he socked Will in the face, knocking him unconscious.

"What the hell Mike!" Said Lucas

Mike didn't hear him, he was troubled with his conflict of anger, and regret.

"Leave." He said calmly

"What?" Said Dustin

"I said, leave, and take him too."

Will was regaining consciousness

They left, and Mike went to the bathroom. He looked in the mirror, he didn't know the person that looked back at him. In anger, he punched the mirror, he proceeded to wash his hand of blood, and laid down in the fort.

"I'm the monster."

No El, I'm the monster.