No More Secrets
In which Hopper finally reveals the final secret he had been keeping from Eleven. (Because let’s be honest, this shit should’ve been explored in season 2 and I need some Closure.)
Hopper sat at the small kitchen table, waiting for whatever El was making for him in the kitchen. They had just returned from an evening of eating leftover Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches and watching movies with the kids over at Joyce’s house. When they had returned, El had announced that she had a surprise for him. She had spent a lot time in the kitchen with Will during their visit, and Hopper wondered if it had anything to do with whatever she was doing in their kitchen now.
“Are you sure you know what you’re doing, kid?” Hopper asked, “I can help if you want.”
“No, I told you, it’s a surprise,” she said, “and no peeking.”
A few minutes later, El appeared beside him, carrying two mugs full of hot cocoa. As she set them on the table, he could see that she had even put tiny marshmallows on top. El looked at him expectantly.
“Well, aren’t you gonna try it?”
“Oh, yeah, of course.” Hopper had never been a hot cocoa guy. He preferred the strong bitterness of coffee, but he could tell how much this meant to El, so he gingerly took a small sip. Much to his surprise, it was actually pretty good. It wasn’t the overly sweet stuff he had come to expect from hot cocoa. There was an earthiness to it. He took a bigger sip.
“Damn kid, this is good. Where the hell did you learn to make this?”
“Will showed me today,” El replied with a hint of pride. She sat down in front of him, picking up her own mug. “I just wanted to do something nice for you. For letting me go to the Snow Ball.”