The Things That Haunt Me
Pairing: Steve x reader
Prompt: “Can you do something where the reader and Steve get nightmares bc of everything that they’ve been through with the demogorgon and stuff? And like some angst and fluff too. And maybe the reader can like climb through his window at 3am just to talk or something super cute like that? Whatever you want to work in, I know it’ll be great!”
A/N: Hope I wrote it like you wanted me to, anon!! :)
If you’d been asked how you thought your senior year would be going a 10 months ago, never in your wildest dreams did you think you’d be sneaking through Steve Harrington’s window at 3 am. Yet, there you were, standing on his balcony shaking from the cold.
You knocked on the glass once, twice, before you got his attention. Rubbing his eyes, he got up from his desk to let you in, clearly confused being as this was an unplanned visit.
But you didn’t care, you’d been in a frenzy ever since trying to sleep at 11, and just needed to see him. With everything that had happened a few weeks ago, with the demogorgon and Hawking’s Lab, you couldn’t remember the last time you’d slept through the night.
“Babe?” He opened the window shivered at the sudden blast of cool, “It’s freezing, shit get in there.”
You barreled through the open window, rubbing your arms that only had a thin fleece to cover them, “I’m sorry, I’m so sorry, I don’t even know why I’m here at 3 in the morning.”
With that, he looked at you. Your voice was rushed, the way you were pacing around his room, he knew something was seriously wrong, “(Y/N), what is it? What’s wrong?”
“Nothing, nothing, I just,” You’d had adrenaline pumping through your veins ever since seeing a demodog for the first time, “I just want to do something.”
“I-I don’t know, Steve, anything. I can’t sleep, and I can’t just sit in my room alone for another night.”
“Wait, wait, wait,” He ran a hand down your arm, “When was the last time you got a full night of sleep?”
“Don’t worry about it, come on, Stevie, let’s go driving or something.” You shushed him, but he knew you better than that, “(Y/N), (Y/N), come here, sweetheart. We can’t go driving at 3 am, you need sleep.”
At that, you exhaled before saying softly, “I don’t think I can do that,”
Only when he faltered and fumbled for a response did you have the opportunity to look at his face, to really look. And you found, that he was tired too. Even in the low light you could see the bags under his eyes, purple and puffy they stuck out like sore thumbs.
“Do you…. do you ever get nightmares?” He whispered, reaching for your hand almost subconsciously, “About everything that happened?”
“Yeah,” You admitted.
“In mine it’s…. it’s uh the demodogs. We’re back underground and they’re everywhere, and I’m so tired I can’t fight them off. I try so hard to, but I can never do it, (Y/N).” He whispered again, and it was one of those rare times he let himself be vulnerable.
You put a hand to his cheek, “When was the last time you got a full night’s sleep, Steve?”
“I don’t even remember,”
For a minute the two of you just stared at each other, speaking an unspoken language that you’d developed over the past months. Looking into his eyes, you could see how much he was suffering. While your nightmares were bad, just from the way he was looking at you, you could tell his were probably worse.
So, you took a breath and murmured, “Let’s go to sleep,” Even though you weren’t so certain you could.
“Come here,” He mumbled as the two of you settled into the bed, wrapping his arms tightly around your shoulders and waist. The way he hugged you, as if he was afraid of losing you to the creatures of the Up-Side Down or beyond, made your chest ache for him.
In the still of the night, the two of you lay there for hours before either one was able to fall asleep. But, when sleep finally did come, you took comfort in the fact that Steve was there right along side you. And, even though they probably would never go away, for the first time in months your nightmares got better. Even if it was just a little.
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