When El finally realises how manipulative Kali actually was and decides to let go, she burns the black bandana she’s wearing on her wrist, that she kept before as something that reminded her of Kali. When she does though, she is facing the ‘011’ tattoo again.
Lucas notices, and next week El is presented with a brand new, navy blue bandana he picked himself, with names of everyone in her family sewn onto it. Mike’s and Nancy’s sewing skills turn out to be suprisingly good, courtesy of Karen’s teaching (Mike’s name featuring a tiny heart instead of a dot over 'i’), Will’s name has tiny stars around it, him being artistic as always, Hopper’s name is sewn very messy, Steve’s is sewn in bright red ('so you remember who’s the cool one among those losers, Ellie!’ he says and winks at her), Joyce’s almost as messy as Hopper’s, slightly less askew, Dustin’s bright yellow ('so Harrington doesn’t think he’s so special!’), Max’s in little green letters, with a small lighting bolt, Lucas’ in sharp letters, Jonathan’s in cursive… Every one of them unique.
There isn’t a day when she doesn’t wear it after that.