A/N: Hello! I had an idea, and I am trying it out. I am constantly listening to music, and oftentimes I will be listening to a song and it will strike a connection to something in my mind. Specifically for the sake of this story, there are certain songs that just scream "Mileven" to me. So, I thought it would be fun to put together a collection of one-shots inspired by different songs that remind me of Mileven. These will not be "songfics," as I am not working the lyrics into the body of the story; but these are little stories that I will write after listening to a song that inspires something. The chapters will not be related to one another, so at the beginning of each chapter, I will set it up so you know when it is taking place. I'm not here to tell anyone how to live their lives, but if you want the full effect that I am going for (i.e. if you want to be extra, like me), feel free to listen to the song that inspired the chapter prior to reading the chapter. If not, and you're just here for fluffy stories, that's cool too! I hope you enjoy them!
Inspiration song: "Perfect" by Ed Sheeran. This song could have literally been written for Mike and El.
Setting: November 1985, directly following the events of season 3.
Disclaimer: I do not own Stranger Things or any of its original characters. I also do not own "Perfect" by Ed Sheeran.
Mike plugged the radio into the outlet behind the Byers' new house and double checked that he had grabbed the right cassette tape. Despite the chilly November air, Mike's palms were sweating. He tugged at the hem of his sweater and smoothed his hands over the front of his khakis, closed the cassette into the radio that was sitting on the concrete patio, and exhaled deeply, waiting patiently.
This was his last night in Indianapolis. In the morning, he and Nancy were driving back to Hawkins, and Monday morning he would be back at school. He wouldn't be able to see El again until Christmas break.
Thanksgiving had been wonderful. He and Nancy arrived Wednesday night, and Mike would never forget the way El had jumped into his arms on the front porch, almost knocking him backwards down the front steps. Thursday during Thanksgiving dinner, they had all gone around the table saying what they were thankful for, and when it was El's turn, she had said how thankful she was to Joyce, Jonathan, and Will for welcoming her into their family before squeezing Mike's hand under the table and adding that she was thankful he was able to be there.
El always had a way of making Mike melt. She was the only thing that made him speechless, and Mike knew that even with El's powers gone, he was truly defenseless against her. He was putty in her hands, and he would do anything to see her smile even for second. That's why he found himself standing outside in the cold night air on his last night in town.
"I can't wait for you to visit over Christmas," Mike had said early that afternoon as he and El sat on the couch in the family room, El snuggled into his side while they watched a cheesy Christmas movie on the television.
"I won't be there until the day after Christmas," El had reminded him, the disappointment thick in her voice. Joyce had agreed to drive El and Will to Hawkins on December 26 and allow them to stay a whole week so they could spend New Years with their friends. El had thanked her, as she genuinely was grateful, but she was still sad that she wouldn't be spending Christmas Day with Mike.
"So we'll have our Christmas one day late," Mike shrugged and pulled her closer. "We get to spend an entire week together." El nodded and wrapped her arm around Mike's waist, but he noticed there was still a trace of sadness in her smile.
"What's wrong?" he asked. El looked up at him and hoped he didn't think she would sound childish.
"It's just that Max told me we'll miss the Snow Ball since we're coming so late. So I won't be able to go to the dance with you again," El revealed sheepishly.
That's when Mike had gotten his idea. He had thought about it during the rest of the movie, and afterward he had told El that he had a surprise for her. He had told her to pick out a dress, but a warm dress, and meet him in the backyard at 8PM.
Now, he was standing on the patio, his hands in his pockets to keep them warm, and his watch read 7:58. Mike sniffed and rubbed his nose which was cold to the touch, and he started to wonder if this had been such a good idea after all. He didn't want El to get too cold or get sick. Plus, what if she thought he was being too cheesy?
Every ounce of doubt fled Mike's mind when the patio door opened and El stepped outside. Mike's mouth dropped open, and he nearly forgot to breathe when his eyes rested on his girlfriend. She wore a red long-sleeved velvet dress with a black belt around the waist. The dress ended at her knees, and El's legs were covered in black tights. El walked slowly toward Mike who was planted into the ground.
"Mike?" she asked timidly.
"El, you're gorgeous," Mike marveled, though he knew 'gorgeous' was no where near enough to describe the angel in front of him. She smiled and blushed at his words which warmed Mike's heart, and he forgot how cold he had been moments before.
"So, what is the surprise?" El asked, reminding him of why he had asked her to meet him out here in the first place.
"Oh, right! Uh," Mike looked at the radio on the ground and then back to El. "I know that you were upset about missing the Snow Ball this year, so I thought maybe I could bring the Snow Ball to you." He cringed internally at his choice of words, but El's smile somehow spread even wider across her face, and Mike smiled back, relieved that she didn't find his gesture too cheesy.
"You want to dance with me here?" El asked.
"El, I would dance with you anywhere," Mike blushed.
He leaned down to click the 'play' button, and the cassette started a familiar tune through the speakers. Mike held out his hand for El to take, and he led her to the edge of the patio and into the grass. He let go of her hand, and El instinctively wrapped her arms around Mike's neck while he rested his hands on her waist as they swayed to the music filling the night sky.
The words to "Every Breath You Take" took El back to the first time they had danced together, and Mike smiled at the look on her face when he was certain that she recognized the song. In his mind, Mike had started considering this their song, even though they had only danced to it the one time.
He looked down and met El's eyes gazing up at him in adoration, and Mike knew in that moment that he had everything he would ever need in life. He knew he would be eternally grateful for that night when he unexpectedly stumbled upon a lost, scared child in the woods. How was he to know that he had actually stumbled upon the love of his life? He thought back to each time she had saved him… saving his life at the quarry, sacrificing herself to destroy the demogorgon, closing the gate, putting herself between him and Billy after nearly being choked to death, and of course battling the Mind Flayer. She was badass. Bitchin'. She was the strongest, most incredible and selfless person Mike knew, and for some reason that Mike was not sure he would ever fully understand, she wanted to be with him.
"Mike?" El's quiet voice pulled him from his admiration. "What are you thinking about?"
"You," he answered simply. "And how amazing you are… and beautiful. So beautiful."
"I think you are amazing too," El smiled. "I wish you didn't have to leave tomorrow. I wish we could just be together all the time."
Mike would be lying if he said he didn't feel the same way. He looked into her loving brown eyes and knew those would be the same eyes staring back at him in eighty years after a life full of love, happiness, and adventure. After decades of seeing the world together. After raising children and creating their own traditions to pass on. After every argument ending in hugs and kisses, and after every trial and obstacle life throws their way to overcome. Even at fourteen years old, Mike knew he was holding his soulmate, and he would never let her go. So when El said that she wishes they could be together all the time, Mike smiled and leaned his forehead against hers.
"Someday we will be," he murmured to her.
El pulled his face closer to hers until their lips met, and she kissed him softly. Mike returned the gentle kiss, pulling back after a moment and letting his lips linger against hers, feeling her hot breath on his cold skin.
"I love you," Mike said quietly.
"I love you too," El smiled. She moved her arms from his neck and wrapped them around his waist, hugging him tightly as she rested her head against his chest. El closed her eyes and breathed in deeply, taking in Mike's scent and feeling the steady pound of his heartbeat while they swayed to the music playing in the background.
They stayed this way for two more songs, and Mike began to wonder if it was possible for El to have fallen asleep on her feet leaning against him, when he suddenly felt a cold, wet speck on his cheek. Mike looked down at El and saw several small white flakes dazzling her red dress. He looked up at the black sky and saw swirls of white snowflakes falling around them.
"El, it's snowing," he nudged her, and El raised her head from his chest to look around. Her face lit up in delight, and as snowflakes landed in her hair, the glow from the patio light illuminated them, creating the illusion that El was shining. Mike couldn't take his eyes off of her; she truly was an angel.
"Thank you for doing all of this," El said finally. "It's perfect."
That's it. That's the word Mike was looking for; the only word that could truly describe her.
"You're perfect," Mike whispered, lifting her chin and meeting her lips for another soft kiss. El rested her head against Mike's chest again, and they were the only two people in the world. Tomorrow, they would separate again and life would continue on until the next time they could be together. But tonight, it was just Mike and El, and that was all they needed.
A/N: I hope you liked it! If this is generally well-received, I will continue this collection. I have a running list of songs spanning various decades and genres that will be inspiring upcoming chapters. Leave me a review and let me know what you think!