One of my favorite headcanons I’ve ever came up with is what’s if El’s future children had superpowers just like her, only not THE SAME powers she’s got because, I mean, there’s different areas of the brain that can be developed to their fullest, right?
Imagine Mike and Eleven’s first son who has precognition powers, so whenever Dustin, Lucas, and Will come over for dinner or just visiting they’re always so marveled by their little nephew each in their own way. Imagine Dustin kneeling down and gently but very seriously holding the kid by the shoulders and asking what the lottery numbers will be because he NEEDS to know them. Then Lucas pushing his friend aside telling the little boy to forget about that and concentrate in something more important like what football team will win the World Cup that year. Now, their bickering continues in the background as Will affectionately ruffles the kid’s hair and tells him to not mind his silly uncles, but the kid is actually very interested in this attention he gets from them and always sees what he can get from Dustin and Lucas (things such as, chocolate, toys, and other goodies) in exchange for his knowledge. Neither Eleven nor Mike approve of this so they always sight defeatedly when they find their son with a new action figure or a bag of sweets.
“What did they ask you this time?”
“If the girl Uncle Lucas gave his number to will call and when”
But now imagine them all together having breakfast one morning and everything is normal when he, at the age of seven, suddenly drops his plate of food and his eyes widen. Eleven panics and is by his side immediately asking her darling what’s wrong.
“Mom… I’m gonna have a sister.”
Now Imagine if their first daughter who can read minds and it’s always so hard to deal with her; in most times Mike and Eleven have to leave the planing of her birthday and Christmas presents for last minute because that’s the ONLY WAY to keep them a surprise for her. Other times they’re literally forced to store cookies, Eggos and other sweets in a safe (that opens with a key!! Not a passcode!!) because it’s impossible to have another reliable hiding place that she couldn’t find out. But now imagine one night the three of them are together watching a movie, Mike and El are cuddled up in the couch while their daughter is sitting at the La-Z-Boy and their son is laying on the floor… but Mike has already seen this movie with Dustin and Will once so after a while he grows bored and ends up staring at El as she rests her head on his chest staring at the movie when all of a sudden…
“Dad! Omg stop it with the cheesy thoughts. Yes, I know how much you love mom. Yes, I know she’s beautiful. Geez, you’re gross.”
Imagine the kids always fighting and messing with each other using their powers and a very inexperienced Mike feeling so done and pretty sure parenting isn’t supposed to be this hard for most people. Their children would be very competitive specially of who can find out stuff first.
“Mom is giving you a bike for Christmas! Hah!”
“Oh yeah? Well Dad is getting you a Karaoke for your birthday!”
But regardless of their fighting they know they love each other and are always there to support each other. Let’s think that at some point her brother foresees the Bad Men coming for them and he is so confused because he doesn’t know who they are or why do they want them?? All he knows is what he can see in his visions of this terrible people dragging them to a lab by force. But his sister can read his mind and know something is wrong… So after confronting him on the topic she explains to him that she can see the same Men in mom’s memories and they tried to exploit her and her powers when she was a child. So together they team up and defeat them!
I also think that just like their mom, this kids wouldn’t have full control of their powers… Mostly when they’re asleep instead of dreaming, she sees the memories of the nearest person to her, either her brother or her parents or her friends when she’s at a sleepover, and he sees random flashes of future scenarios. Sometimes their girl would wake up at night scared and trembling after seeing El’s memories of the Lab, the Demogorgon or her year trapped in the upside down. In those nights her brothers comforts her by either asking her happy questions only she can answer.
“So when exactly did Dad realize he was in love with mom?”
“…About… Well, there was this one time he was helping her to put on some make up and he thought she was cute… But realizing he was in love was gradually.”
Or other times he tells her happy stories of the things they’ll do in the near future. Like the trip they’re planning to the beach and how dad will teach them how to fly a kite and the two will play tag, and then mom will find a pretty conch and put it in a necklace for her. Still, he makes sure to keep the best details a secret to maintain the excitement of when she lives them. Or some times he will just mess with her a little to tease her.
“Will Mom and Dad really let us try a sip of wine in that fancy restaurant that night?”
“Mhhhh… I’m not sure… You’ll have wait and see…”
“Did you made that up?”
IMAGINE THEM ALL BEING TOGETHER A KICK-ASS FAMILY! And then there’s sweet fragile Mike cheering for them in a corner.
[Also a big thank you to @eggos-and-promises for helping me with some of this HCs during one of our wild 1 AM conversations]