Mike Wheeler: shining armor
Pairing: mike wheeler x reader (female)
Requested by @cxxl-gall
You knocked on the door with your available hand, with your other hand being held by your boyfriend. The door opened and Ben and you greeted Mrs. Wheeler when she answered the door. Ben said something flattering to her, and she responded with a smile and invited them in.
Ben had been your dream guy. He was popular, nice, smart, and on the football team. So it had been a huge surprise when he’d asked you out three months ago. It was even more surprising when he seemed to get along with your dorky friends.
You led him down the stairs to the Wheeler basement, and greeted everyone. They all excitedly said hi back, and greeted Ben with equal enthusiasm.
“So.. think we have time for a short campaign?” You asked and sat down between Ben and Mike, but cuddled into Ben’s chest.
“Probably not, but we can probably just play a random board game.” Will suggested to the group.
“MONOPOLY!” Dustin yells and you and the rest of the group agree with him enthusiastically.
You aren’t doing super good in the game of monopoly, because you are constantly distracted by Ben whispering in your ear and kissing you. You don’t notice at the time because you are distracted by your boyfriend, but Mike goes back and forth between glaring at Ben and looking softly at you. However, the rest of the group notice it, and they snicker to themselves as Mike blatantly and jealously stares at you.
Around 9, with the game still going on, Ben stands up, and helps you up with him. Everyone looks questiongly at the two of you.
“We better head home now, thank you guys for kicking my ass in monopoly though.” Ben says with a smile and warmly waves bye at everyone and then walks up the stairs to the first story.
“What are you guys gonna do?” Mike asks nosily, but you excuse it as just friendly concern.
“I’m gonna sleep, I was up really late last night. Ben’s my ride and he agreed to take me home early.” You explain and hug everyone one by one. When you get to Mike you peck him on the cheek and then wave goodbye before following your boyfriend up the stairs and out of the Wheeler house.
Once he two of you have left, Mike sighs and dumps the unfinished monopoly off of the table and into its box.
“Hey man what the hell? We weren’t done playing!” Lucas asks and snaps his fingers in front of Mike’s face.
“I thought that you guys would rather play d&d?” He asks them and pulls out the other game after putting away monopoly.
The other freshman kids all glanced at eachother as Mike set up a game of D&D. Will, Mike, and Lucas made gestures while bouncing their eyebrows up and down at eachother. They were all super confused as to why Mike was acting so weird.
Will scoffed at their odd behavior, he had noticed why Mike acted so weird a long time ago. It just seemed obvious to him. They all gathered around the board, and started up an old campaign that they’d stopped in the middle of on a different day. After a couple of moves, Will awkwardly coughed and then spoke up.
“Sooo.. Mike?” Will said slowly, trying to gain Mike’s attention.
“Yeah?” He asked and grinned at Will.
“Why didn’t you want to play D&D with Ben here? Is there a reason for your odd behavior?” He asked Mike slowly, hoping that he’d finally admit his feelings.
“Yeah, what’s up?” Lucas asked him, except he was a lot more oblivious than Will.
“I’m n- nothing’s up.” Mike said and coughed awkwardly when his heartbeat sped up and his face flushed pink.
“Bullshit!” Dustin said loudly and enthusiastically.
“Okay well…” he started out, trying to chose his next words carefully, “I like someone.”
“Is it Ben?” Dustin said and then laughed by himself at his own joke.
“No! I like the person he’s dating..” Mike said quietly, almost hoping that if he was quiet enough nobody would hear it.
When everyone was quiet for a couple of seconds after his confession, Mike began to fear that he had made a mistake. “There’s no way she would ever like me back! Why’d I even tell them? I should’ve kept it to myself. They’re just gonna tell me what I already know, that she won’t ever like me like that.” He thought to himself as he panicked and glanced around at his friends, hoping that they would break the silence and say something.
He was startled, and almost jumped in his seat when he heard cheers. Will, Mike and Lucas were all jumping around, whooping, clapping, high fiving, and giving him thumbs up. They all laughed and jumped around, and Will pulled Mike out of his seat and smiled at him before giving him an awkward thumbs up.
For about 3 more minutes Mike’s idiotic friends continued to dance around Mike and congratulate him. He laughed, and was happy by their reaction, but was extremely confused.
“Not to dampen the party or anything, but isn’t this a bad thing?” He asked them and watched as they all calmed down finally.
“Huh?” They all asked and looked at him.
“Well I mean… (y/n) has a boyfriend! And even if she was single there’s no way she’d like me back!” He said.
“Don’t worry man! You’re fretting about minor details!” Lucas said, and Mike almost laughed. How was having a relationship minor?
“She probably thinks that you are a catch, don’t worry!” Will said and patted him on the back enthusiastically.
“We will get you that girl Mike, don’t even worry!” Dustin said and they could all already tell that he had a plan forming in his head.
“No! No! It’s okay! Please don’t do anything! If we are gonna be together, it’ll be because of us. Not because of something that you guys did, okay?” He asked and watched as his friends looked slightly disappointed.
Not wanting to disappoint his friends, and also because their reaction gave him hope, he decided to tell them: “don’t worry though, I’ll make a move! But it’ll be my doing, not yours.”
“As long as you make a move, and SOON, then we won’t bother you, okay?” Dustin asked.
It had been months since Mike’s confession, and every day he was faced with pressure from his group of friends. He wanted to tell you, he was just afraid of you not liking him back, and then refusing to be his friend. But, much to his happiness, he had noticed that you and Ben were drifting apart a little. Like when you were supposed to go to the movies with Ben one Friday night, you instead canceled with Ben and instead opted to go to the arcade with Mike.
However, considering the pressure from the demodogs, the upside down, and Will’s problems, his crush had moved to a secondary problem at most. At the moment, you were screaming at Max for not knowing how to drive a car, yelling something about how she hadn’t stopped at a stop sign and was going the wrong way down a one way road.
Steve was awake, but was only barely comprehending what was occurring around him. You could see him getting confused and riled up and could hear Dustin trying to calm him down, but you kept your eyes on the road. Why had you let Max drive? Jesus, you knew a lot more about cars than her! You had just assumed that she knew how to drive better than she currently was doing!
When you all arrived at the destination you practically jumped out of the car, because you wanted to be out of there as fast as possible.
“What was that?” You heard Lucas say warily.
“What was what?”
“I saw a someone…” Lucas said and began looking around frantically.
“(Y/n)! What are you doing here?!” You looked up and immedialty recognized the sound of your boyfriend’s voice. You ran up to him and engulfed him in a hug, releaved that he was here. You immediately felt more protected.
“Why are you here?” You asked him in return.
“Well this is MY family’s farm. My dad asked me to keep watch over this patch tonight, he’s certain that someone is out to get him.” Ben explained and pulled away.
He took your hand and squeezed it, and for a second the two of you forgot how your relationship had been declining. Then when he muttered something about how he didn’t like your company, you remembered why. Why you had stopped seeing him as often, why you had started being less affectionate. You sighed and nevertheless let him wrap his arm around your shoulder.
Mike was glaring daggers at Ben, and you noticed. For a second you worried that he had heard what Ben had said about them, but then he saw you looking and stopped glaring.
A brief history of events was given to Ben, and a recap of the plan was told by Dustin, and then the 7 teenagers climbed into the hole in the ground.
Things went by so fast, and the bad air quality was causing your thoughts and memories to be fuzzy. You simply followed the person in front of you and tried to be as focused as possible. Ben’s arm was still on your shoulder the whole time, and you enjoyed the protective way that he was engulfing you, you felt so much safer.
The poured the gasoline and lit the fire while you stood watch, looking for the demodogs that were surely coming. And then they did, and you yelled out a warning.
Everyone ran as fast as the could, Mike tripped, people screamed, demodogs ran after you getting closer and closer. Your breathing quickened, which only led to you consuming even more of the gross air, and your brain get even foggier. Then, you stopped.
Your brain was so messed up you couldn’t remember why you were running. Ben was forced to turn around and get his first good look at the demodogs. His protective grip from your shoulder slipped away, and he ran away as fast as he could. The dogs approached you, and as everyone ran ahead, you accepted your fate.
One of the dog’s mouth’s opened up, splitting from one bud into 4 petal like appendages. Why were you comparing it to a rose? Wait, didn’t Ben get you roses for your birthday this year? Wait no, that was Mike. Mike is nice, you wondered how he is right now. Hopefully okay.
You were snapped back into reality when someone screamed a battle cry and you heard and hard smack as Mike attacked the demodogs that had just jumped at you. The dog whimpered and limped away a little, still glancing back at you every now and then.
“Come on (y/n)!” Mike yelled and gripped your hand tightly. You ran behind him, trying to match your footsteps to his. He glanced back as he was running every few seconds, and you could see the worry on his face. You were aware that you were running as fast as you possibly could, but everything was moving in slow motion. You gripped his hand even tighter and could literally feel his heart race increase even more by his vein pressed against your hand. Why could you even feel that? What was this air doing to you? And the last thing you remember about the upside down is Mike hurriedly picking you up and running with tears streaking his cheeks.
You woke up in a room that wasn’t yours. Your head was hot and it took your eyes a second to adjust to being open. You looked around and inspected every detail of the room. It was Will’s room. Your head was hot, and you realized that it was because your had was in Mike’s lap.
You shifted your head to look up at him. A smile spread across your lips as you looked up at the sleeping boy. He had fallen asleep with one of his hands holding your hand and the other in your hair. His mouth was slightly opened and every now and then a small snore would slip out. You admired the way he seemed concerned for you, even in his sleep.
“Hey Mike?” You whispered and used your hand to tap his cheek lightly. He didn’t respond, but he did mumble your name in his sleep. You very visibly blushed and became flustered. Had he always been this cute? You’d found him cute before, and you at certain times when just the two of you were hanging out alone you two you would almost kiss. It happened way too often for the two of you to just be friends, and you knew that. But it felt like everything was just now hitting you. You liked Mike Wheeler, and you’d do anything for the adorable nerdy boy you had saved your life.
You poked his cheek a second time, and whispered his name again. This time he woke up, blinking slowly and licking his lips as he glanced around, trying to find the thing that had awoken him. His eyes landed on you, and he blushed as he removed his hand from your hair.
“Morning” you whispered to him and smiled, hoping he hadn’t noticed your blush and wishing he had kept his hand in your hair.
“Morning” he said back and glanced towards your entangled hands shyly.
“Thanks.” You said to him.
“For what?” He asked, still confused with sleep.
“Like, saving my life basically,” you said “my knight in shining armor.”
He snorted at your obvious sarcasm and then tilted his head so that he was facing downwards at your head in his lap. He glanced to your lips and the glanced away, acting as if he hadn’t. You smirked and pulled his head downwards so that your lips could meet his.
After the awkward first kiss, you sat up so that you could meet his face less uncomfortably. For a second, you were worried that you had misread him as he made no move to kiss you again. But when his face broke out in a cheeky smile, you knew that you were practically hooked on the boy.