Ellie and Riley open the doors and find a carousel that is not only lit up, but operational. Riley urges Ellie get on for a ride. Ellie does so, quickly insisting that Riley join her. By the time Riley joins, the carousel grinds to a halt, much to her dismay.
Afterwards, Riley takes out a joke book and gives it to Ellie, and the pair exchange several jokes between each other. Once done, they find a photo booth and take silly pictures of themselves. When attempting to print, it offers to put them on Facebook, something they assume means to put their faces in a book. Sadly there is no internet connection so they push on to print them. The pair are excited, in disbelief that the machine is actually working.
However, there is no ink left in the machine, something the pair take as it being broken. In an effort to "fix" it, they repeatedly hit the screen, causing it to short circuit and shut down. The pair laugh at their misfortune and find to a set of working escalators. While strolling, they mock the intercom woman's voice, which had just announced the morning shift was starting in ten minutes.
The pair find an arcade, with Ellie finding a racing game and pretending she's in a fast-paced race with other competitors and wins.
Riley calls her over to another game. She explains this game features the character "Angel Knives". Although Ellie says it isn't working, Riley convinces her to imagine it, teaching her the controls and narrating a battle Ellie can imagine she is taking part in. After defeating her opponent, Riley comments on how well Ellie did.
Riley, hearing music in the distance, tries to go further into the mall, only for Ellie to say she needs to get back. Riley reveals she is leaving the next day with the Fireflies, and shouldn't even be near Ellie. Ellie tries to convince her to go and live her dream, but this only upsets Riley, and she leaves to find the source of the music. Frustrated, Ellie catches up and the two argue furiously. Riley confesses she put on this adventure to make it up to Ellie, tossing her a bag on the floor. Inside is a pair of water guns, something Ellie had desperately wanted earlier. Ellie picks them up, handing one to Riley. Ellie declares they will talk after she "destroys" her friend.
The pair engage in a water fight, ending with either Riley or Ellie being drenched (player-determined). Riley decides they will settle who is the best by playing a best-of-three game of cat and mouse; the first to squirt the other wins. After either Riley or Ellie wins (player determined), they stop as Ellie stresses she must return to her dorm.
Ellie convinces Riley that she will be fine without her, but Riley replies that Ellie is the only one who can convince her to stay. Riley changes the subject, asking for Ellie's Walkman, and proceeds to play some music. She convinces Ellie to dance with her on the table. Ellie quickly realizes she doesn't want to lose Riley, and begs her not to go. Riley stares at her, smiling, then tears her Firefly pendant from her neck. Overjoyed, Ellie kisses Riley, quickly apologizing, but Riley doesn't mind and is equally as ecstatic as Ellie.
The pair wonder what to do now, only for runners to break into the store, drawn by the music. Ellie panics while Riley takes out her gun, shooting an approaching Runner.
- Neil Druckmann confirmed in a Reddit Q&A that Ellie is a lesbian.
- While partaking in the water gun fight, the player can find Ellie's summer shirt, which she wears in The Last of Us, hung up on a rack in the area.
- If Ellie won the brick throwing contest during Mallrats, she can climb up onto the red car and brag about her victory in a hidden conversation.
Chapters in The Last of Us: Left Behind
|Summer||Mallrats · Fun and Games · Escape from Liberty Gardens|
|Fall||Back in a Flash · So Close · The Enemy of My Enemy|