Mileven for 19 or 35? Pretty Please?✨
19: The side of the highway. Thank you for the prompt, Nina! Hope you enjoy!
“I am so dead.”
Pacing back and forth on the gravel shoulder of the road, Mike Wheeler groaned, running his hands through his hair. His girlfriend stared at him with a flat, almost amused expression, leaning against the car they’d borrowed from Mrs. Wheeler earlier that day.
“Calm down, Mike,” El grinned, “It’ll be okay. I promise.”
Mike looked at her earnestly, his heart still thudding against his ribs. “If I don’t bring you home before curfew, Hop’s never going to let me take you out of town again.”
“You’re being dramatic,” El rolled her eyes, “We just need to change the tire.”
Neither was quite sure how it had happened, but the front left tire of their car was extremely flat, sunken in and miserable-looking. That, coupled with the rapidly fading daylight were convincing enough reasons for Mike that his being dramatic was totally justified.
“That’d be easy,” Mike let out a frustrated sigh, “If I knew how to change a tire.”
El bit her lip and pushed herself off the bumper of the car, popping open the trunk with a quick nod of her head. She’d made him suffer long enough—well, for now. There was absolutely no chance Lucas and the others wouldn’t hear about this as soon as they were back in Hawkins.
“Jim taught me,” El said quietly, hiding her smirk as she ducked into the trunk for the spare. “I can do it. You can help.”
All at once the crunch of gravel under Mike’s sneakers ceased. He had stopped dead in his tracks to stare at her, a fact she realized as she straightened up, dragging the tire to the edge of the car. El giggled at the expression of sheer disbelief written across Mike’s features.
“I love you,” she said lightly, eyes dancing with mischief.
Mike shook his head. “You’re unbelievable, El Hopper.” Grinning he launched forward and scooped her into his arms, spinning her around once before he kissed her forehead. “And I love you.”
For a moment, they were lost in each other’s eyes, brought back to reality by the loud call of a crow overhead. Mike laughed. “Let’s get this done.”