December 1983

"Mike are you sure you don't want to go? I think Dustin and Will are."

"No thanks mom, I'm think I'm going to pass."

"Well, ok. Your father and I will be back around eight."

"Ok."

It was the night of the Snow Ball, he promised.

He promised that she would be safe, that she could stay at his house, that he would take her to the snowball.

Now he didn't even want to hear its name.

He stayed in the basement, messing with his supercomm, hoping she would pick up.

He would flip the game board over, like she did, and place the wizard piece on it, that's what he had associated her to be, crushing the Demogorgon piece with his hand.

He shouldn't've promised, promised something he couldn't keep, to someone who promises meant so much.

"Mike!" Yelled Dustin

"Why are you here!?"

"Get up here!"

"Fine!"

He went up

"Listen dude, we know you made a promise to El to go to the Snow Ball, but you have to get back to normal."

"So."

"So either you're coming, or we're kidnapping you."

"Fine."

He went upstairs and changed into black jeans and a white shirt.

"Ready to go?" Asked Will

"Yeah, I guess."

"Then let's go!" Said Dustin

They went outside and got on their bikes

They had to stop at Will's house first because he forgot his 'Dancing shoes'.

"What?"

"Dancing shoes?" Said Dustin

"They make the floor a little more slippery so I can dance better."

Mike and Dustin simultaneously rolled their eyes

They got to Will's house

"Ok, go get them." Said Mike

"I'm going to see if they have any leftover cookies." Said Dustin

So, Mike waited outside their house alone, it was almost night.

He heard rustling in the woods behind him, he didn't have a flashlight so he had to guess what it was.

It had a human figure.

"Hello?"

No answer

"Who's there?"

Nothing

He decided to confront the person, he started walking over to them, when he heard something familiar, breathing, he knew who's it was.

"El?"

"Mike?"

He ran to her, not caring about the branches hitting him

He hugged her.

"Mike."

"It's ok, I'm here. You're safe. Let's go over to the light."

They walked over to the light, she was still wearing the pink dress and blue denim jacket that he gave her a month ago, but the dress was in shreds and was faded and the jacket had some holes.

"Let's go to my house, we can get you cleaned up."

"Ok."

They left

"Ha, very funny." Said Dustin

"What? Lucas got that fart song stuck in my head, it just so happened that I taught it to Jonathan too." Said Will

"Where's Mike?"

"I don't know."

They were scared, they had made a pact to never randomly leave, in case that thing came back.

"Do you think that it took him?" Asked Will

"No, because I'm pretty sure that's him."

He pointed to a small figure in the distance

"Where do you think he's going?" Asked Dustin

"I don't know, but I'm pretty sure it's not the snowball." Replied Will

Mike and El arrived at his house and went in through the basement door.

"Mike, is that you?" Called Nancy

"Yeah, it's me." Mike called back

"What are you doing here? I thought you were supposed to be at a- "She trailed off, walking down the stairs

"I need you to clean her up."

"Why can't you?" Said Nancy, still a little shocked to find Eleven in her basement, so she came up with a default reaction

"What do you mean 'Why can't you?'? I'm pretty sure guys can't help girls take a bath!" He replied, very confused on what was going on in his sister's head

"Oh, right, sorry. Here, come on El, let's get you cleaned up."

El let go of Mike's hand and walked slowly towards Nancy

"It's ok El, I'll just clean my room." Said Mike

She nodded, and head upstairs with Nancy

Suddenly, the door opened behind him

"Dude!? Was your plan seriously just to ditch us?" Said Dustin

"No, I got distracted, forgot to tell you guys I was heading home." Mike replied

"What distracted you enough that you left us?" Asked Will

"She's back."

Dustin looked taken aback for a moment

"What? How?" He asked

"I don't know, but outside of Will's house she was in the woods."

"And you didn't tell us?" Said Will

"I was worried! She looked paler than me on winter break! And Skinnier than you after November!" Mike said to Will

"Ok, calm down. Where is she?" Said Dustin

"Nancy's cleaning her up, upstairs." Said Mike

"Oh, you didn't volunteer?" Said Dustin, quickly earning himself an elbow to the ribs

"Mike!" Yelled Nancy from upstairs

"Yeah!?" He yelled back

"Would you get some clothes!?"

"Yeah! One sec!"

He quickly grabbed the closest t-shirt and pair of sweatpants he could find, and ran upstairs. Nancy was waiting outside the door.

"Thanks." Said Nancy

"No problem, just hurry up, the guys are getting anxious."

"Ok, cleaning up a month of upside down takes time."

Mike ran back downstairs

"Hey, has anyone radioed Lucas?" Asked Mike

"Yeah, we just did." Said Will

Then, Lucas ran through the door

"Woah, did you even stop to open the door?" Asked Dustin

"No, I got here as soon as I could."

"It's pretty obvious." Said Will, gesturing to the giraffe covered pajama bottoms he was wearing, and the white t-shirt.

"Anyways, where is she?" Asked Lucas

"She's upstairs, Nancy's getting her cleaned up."

"Guys! She's Done!" They heard Nancy yell from upstairs

Suddenly it was a fight to the death on who would get to the top of the stairs first. Mike won.

"No fair! You already saw her." Said Lucas

"Oh well." Said Mike with a smug grin on his face

El was walking down the stairs, to the living room.

Per Mike, she was prettier than ever.

"Pretty?" She asked them

"Yeah. Pretty." Said Mike, still awestruck that she was actually here

"Ok, you three leave before my mom gets home." Said Nancy

"Ok, see you tomorrow El." Said Lucas

"Yeah, see ya." Said Dustin

"See you guys." Said Will

They all head out of the front door

"What was that?" Mike asked

"What?" Asked Nancy with a devilish grin on her face

"Mom doesn't get home for another two hours."

"Oh I figured you two could use some alone time. Besides, she will probably fall asleep in the next five minutes."

"Ok, well, thanks."

"No problem little brother."

"Hey, I'll be taller than you in a year."

"Maybe, but I'll still be able to kick your ass."

"Fine."

He lead El back upstairs to his room.

"Hey Mike?" El asked once they got onto his bed

"Yeah?"

"Thank you."

"No, thank you."

"Why?" She asked, puzzled

"For coming back."

She laid her head on his shoulder, and fell asleep.