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El's gaze flicks over at him, her eyes as empty as the Void itself, and Mike feels like he's been stabbed, remembering every time she used to look at him, and how her eyes would light up with their own tiny stars. He had tried to call back those stars once already. Tried to remind her who he was, that he loved her and she loved him. But that hadn't been enough. So now, he was going to try to remind her of the only other person he thought could break through the Mind Flayer's spell. His only wish was that that person could be here now to help him, because he was so much stronger than Mike. But Mike would try anyway.
"He told you...keep the door open three inches," Mike says. He waits precious seconds to see if El will reply or throw a heavy object at him or do anything at all. She does nothing.