3 Works in Eleven | Jane Hopper & Sara Hopper
"Ugly face." He whispers to her as the people dance around them.
"Mouth breather." She tells him while the neon lights highlight her face.
AU. Biker Mike Wheeler has a pained past, making him want to forget about his life and live in the now, but when he meets El, his whole world changes.
The last two weeks were a blur, despite feeling like time slowed down. Mike Wheeler visited doctors, had his blood drawn, went into giant MRI machines, and through it all, he felt numb. He was only sixteen, and even though there were so many things he never got the chance to experience, he felt as though he skipped four of the five stages of grief, and went straight to Acceptance. But the day of his first chemotherapy treatment, that all changed. He felt a warmness in his chest that he never felt before when a girl named El, a hospital volunteer, spoke to him for the first time. She made him smile. She made him laugh. She made him feel something for the first time in two weeks.
“You’re so good at drawing horses, Emily!” he heard El exclaim. “It’s so pretty!”
Mike smiled again and looked out the window, to the grey sky and pouring rain. “Pretty…”
She sure was.
Jane Hopper and Nancy Wheeler both know what it’s like to live with the ghost of a sibling long gone.
- Part 2 of human nature