“Nope. Do you? I mean boyfriend, girlfriend whatever.”
Finn smiled to himself.
“Do I look like I’d have a boyfriend, girlfriend whatever?”
Y/n tucked a strand of hair behind her ear and shrugged.
“I don’t know. I stopped making stereotypical assumptions way back. It’s dangerous to just presume things about people you know.” She explained.
Finn nodded in agreement. “You’ve got a good head on your shoulders I’d say.”
Y/n smiled at him briefly, then quickly lowered her gaze, focusing on the path ahead. It was dark and quiet in the alley but Finn being the gentleman that he was offered to walk y/n to where her vehicle was parked.
“So were you always like this or… did some event trigger your strict adherence to bachelorhood?” She asked him casually, keeping the conversation flowing smoothly.
Finn smiled again.
“Actually I dated quite often when I was younger. I had this on and off relationship with this girl but I eventually gave up when I learnt she was cheating.”
“Yeah, well heartbreak can do that to a person.” Y/n empathised with him.
“What about you?” Finn asked.
“Erm. I guess I was always like this. Like I never had the emotional endurance to commit to relationships. Took me a while to figure that out about myself but better late than never right?” She chuckled, earning a grin from Finn simultaneously.
“So where are you headed?” She asked him.
“The parking lot? My car is parked straight ahead, I thought that’s where we’re going?” He was obviously confused.
“What was your name again?” Y/n asked him, squinting her eyes, feigning a thoughtful expression.
“Finn?” He phrased it more as a question than an answer.
“Why are you walking with me? Are you following me?! Leave right now before I call the cops!” Y/n blurted
Finn suddenly stops walking and watched y/n with the most dumbfounded bewilderment. Did she just have a memory lapse or what? Y/n burst out in giggles.
“What?” Finn still did not understand what was going on.
“Have you never seen Finding Nemo? Dory has a short term memory loss and forgets she was actually showing Marlin the way to Nemo? We’re pretty much doing the same.” Y/n justified her sense of humour that obviously caught Finn off guard.
“We’re not looking for Nemo.” Finn corrected her.
“I know, but that was funny- the way you freaked out.” Y/n laughed to herself.
“You’ve got a strange sense of humour, lass.” Finn was laughing too now.
“But you like it.” Y/n flirted.
Finn turned a light shade of red but he kept his cool; grateful the moon was their only source of dim lighting.
“And here we are.” Y/n pointed to Finn’s car parked several inches away from them.
“Where’s…” Finn was about to ask y/n where her car was because his was the only four wheeler in sight, but his curiosity quenched when he saw her climb a heavy bike.
“My bike?” She completed the sentence for him.
“Quite unconventional.” Finn sheepishly commented.
“Exactly why I’m against stereotypes and presumptions.” Y/n flashed him a confident smile.
Finn ran a hand through his short spikey hair, smiling to himself like an idiot. All this while, he thought he was being a gentleman, offering to walk a pretty girl to an empty parking lot. Y/n had been full of pleasant surprises in the past twenty minutes he had known her. She was witty, quirky and made his heart flutter for the first time in a very long time.
Y/n revved her bike’s engine and put on the leather jacket she had been carrying in her hands all this while.
“Y/n.” Finn said barely above a whisper.
Y/n looked up to meet him in his blue eyes that somehow still glistened in the dark night.
“Will I see you again?” Finn asked.
Y/n gave him a warm smile.
“If you want to.” She gently extended her arm forward and held her hand in mid air, her dainty fingers facing him.
Finn waited for her to burst into a million sparkling confetti pieces. Then the sudden realisation hit him and he spastically took his phone out of his pocket and placed it in her hand.
“As unconventional as I may be, I still use cellphones.” Y/n joked.
She handed Finn his phone back and gave her bike another rev, indirectly telling him to step aside. Finn took two steps back, clutching his phone in his hand, gripping it tightly to ensure his senses were still intact.
“Ow Finn that’s my hand!” Y/n winced at his tightening grip on her left hand. Finn shook back to reality.
He lay sprawled on the couch with y/n tangled in his arms, her head resting on his chest.
“Y/n, do you remember the first time we met?” Finn asked.
Y/n looked up to meet a pair of glistening blue eyes. She gave Finn a warm, knowing smile as he pressed a gentle kiss on her forehead.
Words: 2503 Pairings: Bellamy x Reader; Bellamy x Roma; Reader x rival!Roma; Clarke x Finn; Finn x Raven Warnings: Angst; implied smut (?) Episode: 1x05 Twilight’s Last Gleaming
Author’s Note:It’s most definitely just me, but this part just feels kinda short. Idk, word count says it’s not short, but it sure feels like it to me. Anyways! I hope you enjoy reading it. I promise the story will get more interesting as we get further into the show.
You slept and slept. After the whole Charlotte and Murphy situation, all you wanted to do was sleep. You went to your tent and fell asleep early every night for the past week, and you were grateful that no one said anything. The last thing you wanted was someone yelling at you to get to work or start asking you questions you didn’t feel like answering.
You woke up to a lot of yelling and talking outside your tent. You got up and poked your head outside of your small tent. It was still dark and you retreated back inside when all you heard were murmurs and “Bellamy did you see that?” “Bellamy, what do you think it was?”
You were so tired and annoyed of all of Bellamy’s little girlfriends that you couldn’t possibly care about whatever they were looking at. With a roll of your eyes, you got back into your bed, which wasn’t really a bed, but you didn’t care. You pulled a thin blanket over your body and closed your eyes, drifting peacefully off into sleep…..
“Y/N! Y/N! WAKE UP! WAAAAKE UP. YOU WON’T BELIEVE IT.”
A/N: This chapter is when the truth starts to unravel… do you think you have figured out what happened? Have a good read!
P.s Loooooong chapter :)
CHAPTER SIX: DON’T LISTEN TO THEM
“How do you know Olivia?”
I had just put the kids to bed and now I was sitting next to a tense Gregory awaiting his answer.
“Well about 2 years ago I sold her sister a house. She was there of course, but I didn’t know she was Finn’s Girlfriend”.
‘It was interesting to know that he could still remember his clients sisters from 2 years ago, especially on a first name basis’ I snickered to myself.
It was a simplistic reply that was used as a deflection. It was obvious he was uncomfortable talking about her, and I was curious to know why. But for right now I was exhausted beyond belief.
“Ohkay” I smiled. It wasn’t worth a fight, it was bad enough that I was dealing with Finn, I didn’t need to add Greg to the mix.
“You seem close to your ex-husband’s family” You could hear the bitterness in his voice, and internally I chucked. He didn’t really have a reason to be mad at me over that, when he’s the one lying right now.
“It was just a simple observation Rae. The man seemed very fond of you, if I must say”.
“We were very close when I was married. I cut all ties with them when I filed for divorce. It was the first time seeing Archie- Finn’s brother in years” I sighed.
“Mhm” he nodded. His hand lightly pressed against my naked thigh.
“Hon, can I stay the night?”
I was not prepared to hear that on a Wednesday night. He never stayed over when we both had work in the morning.
“What about work your work tomorrow” I said stating the obvious.
Gregory lived more towards the CBD, where traffic was lethal at anytime of the day or night. It was easier for him to get to work in the morning because he only lived a block away. It would take him a good two hours extra to drive home and get ready, then head to work for his 8am start.
“I have a later start tomorrow. So I can just leave when you drop the kids off for school” he smiled; grazing his fingers more into my inner thigh.
For some reason the intimate touch felt foreign. His hands were softer then I was use to, not as callous and rough. This was not good.
“Ugh- sure” I encouraged myself to smile.
We got off the couch and headed towards the bedroom hand in hand.
Just as we opened the door to my bedroom and saw the state it was in, I froze. Clothes littered the floor in an unattractive manner. The bed, the same bed where I let Finn take me the night before had disheveled sheets, after not sleeping a wink last night.
“You go have a shower and freshen up and I’ll give this pig-sty a little clean. You don’t really want to be smelling three day old Rae do you?” I tried to joke, I was embarrassed he had to witness this.
“Don’t worry about it to much hon” he laughed, then kissed my forehead. I didn’t watch him walk into my ensuite. I was to busy glaring at my bed. There was no way I was washing those contaminated sheets, no they to be burnt.
Anxiously, I hurried to get the last details added to the final sketch before the meeting in two hours. Chloe had organised for the board at 'Taylor industries’ to come in and confirm the sketchs before signing of on the build. The new multi-million dollar mall has been a top priority for my team and I, for the past year and a half. I was glad that we were finally having the last meeting before I could watch my work come to life.
When it was lunch time; or so my stomach reminded me. I checked mobile messages before leaving the office. I had turned it to silent, not wanting to be disrupted. Which I regretted once I saw the miss call from my children’s school.
Dialing the number on my office phone I waited for an answer.
“Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School, Mary speaking, how may I help?”
“Hi my name is Rachel Nelson-Earl, I’m the mother of Ruby and Joshua Nelson. I have a missed call, and I was wondering why”.
“Hi Ms. Nelson. Yes I have a message here for you referring to your son Joshua. It seems that he has had a altercation with another student. He has been stepped down for the rest of the day. We are in need for you to collect him as soon as possible please”.
'Shit’ I thought. Joshua had never been a kid to ever get into any sort of altercation, physical or not. This was completely out of character for him.
Checking the time I noticed I had 30 minutes to til the meeting started, a meeting that could potentially sink my career if I didn’t attend it.
“I’ll have to ring his father to collect him. But someone will be there as soon as possible” I replied. It was the only other solution I could think of. I just hoped Finn wasn’t in a meeting.
“Certainly. I will let his teacher know”.
As soon as I hung up the phone to the school, I dialed Finn’s office number. I was put through to two different receptionist before i was finally directed through to Finn’s office.
“Finn Nelson’s office, Olivia speaking” the nasily voice spoke.
“Can you please put me through to Finn” I said in a rush and slightly paniced. I was not in the mood to talk to this bitch, time was against my side and I wasn’t going to let her waste it.
“And who’s speaking?” Her cheerful demeanor forgotten. No wonder why Finn couldnt get any other pussy, she was the ultimate cock block.
Clearing my throat, I continued speaking. “Its Rae, now can you put me through to f-”.
“Rae? Why would you possibly need to talk to Finn?” Olivia barked- like the true dog she was.
“Olivia I don’t have time for this! I need to talk to Finn about Joshua!”
“I’m sure this is something that can be discussed outside of office hours-”
“- unlike some Ms. Earl, Finn is a busy Man and I can’t possibly interrupt him!”
“Good day Rachel!”
That donkey nose airhead, wannabe-fucking-heiress, man-stealing bitch!
I quickly dialed Finn’s mobile, praying to God he actually turned it on for once. One thing Finn and I had in common was that we hated being disturbed from our work. No mobile, no hassle.
“Finn! You need to put a fucking leash on that crackhead girlfriend of yours! I tri-”
“Calm down Rae!” Finn sighed, I could only imagine him raking his hand through his hair.
“Tell me what’s going on? Slowly. And calmly”.
“I called your office to talk to you but your lovely assistant hung up on me! But that’s not the point, the point is I rang you about Josh”.
“Why? What happened? Is he alright?” Finn rattled off questions.
“He’s fine, but he has been in a fight with another student. He’s been stood down for the rest of the day.. Finn I need you to pick him up, please. I have a meeting in 15 minutes and my career depends on it. I know your busy bu-”.
“Of course I’ll pick him up Rae. You don’t need to explain yourself, he’s my son too. I need to take responsibility for him too. But really, fighting?” I could hear the disbelief in his husky voice.
“I know Finn. I don’t know what’s going on with him? He’s never gotten into a fight before” My voice broke, but I managed to pull myself together. This was not the time to do this, especially whilst on the phone to my ex-husband.
“Rae it will be Ohkay, I’ll pick him up and take the rest of the day off. I’ll get Archie to pick Ruby up for me when she finishes”.
“Ohkay” I breathe. “Thank you”.
“I’ll talk to you tonight”.
For the second time today, I was hung up on. My phone was still pressed snuggly pressed against my ear when Chloe pranced in, smile beaming, and excitement lighting her eyes.
“Are you ready?” She came around the desk to stand beside me. Her eyes flicking over the mountain of blueprints and sketches I had rolled up in a neat pile. “Is this all of them?”.
“Yes, there is a detailed plan of every floor, shop location, public area, toilets and even parking. Name a room and and I am certain it’s here” I smiled at my friend.
“This is why I love you Rae” Chloe beamed. Collecting a stack of scrolls, she took off towards the board room. I had a lot of people’s jobs in my hand in this moment and all I had to do is impress 4 billionaires. Easier said then done, taming one was hard enough.
I saw red the moment I ended the call with Rae. To whom my anger was directed towards was a mystery, because i couldn’t narrow it down to just one person. Multiple people where now on my radar. Including a women only metres away from me.
Grabbing my jacket, wallet and keys I threw the door open in a haste. I didn’t even care about the looks that were directed towards me. Not that my floor was full of people, it was only a handful. But those select people obviously found my fury more interesting then their work at this moment.
“Cancel the rest of the day, direct all my calls to the front desk with a note saying I’m away for the rest of the day and send sorry notes with chocolates to whoever I’m cancelling on” I spoke as I walked. I didn’t even look in Olivia’s direction, my main goal was getting to the elevator as quickly as possible.
“But Finn where are you going? You can’t just cancel ev-”
“Do not tell me what to do Olivia! I am your boss and you are my employee. Start acting like it for Christ sake” I hissed, my voice was raised and no doubt our audience were enjoying the show. By the look Liv’s face was portraying she was livid. Not that I cared.
“Will you at least tell me where your going?” She asked, grabbing my arm just as I reached the elevator.
“I’m going to collect Joshua from school” I said keeping all conversation to a minimum.
Olivia snorted. “Really Finn? Your leaving work for that? It’s only 1 o'clock, why on earth would you be picking him up now for? I bet you Rae is only doing this to trick you into some stupid pla-”
Not being able to take her rant anymore. I closed my palm over her mouth, stopping the bullshit.
“Enough! Enough for once Olivia! My son needs me, and not you or anyone else is going to stop me getting to him. Im his father first and foremost. So next time when Rae rings do not hang up on her. Do you understand me?” She nodded, my hand still firmly clasped over her sticky lips.
“Now if you’ll excuse me, you have work to get back too and I have a son I have to see. And maybe you should go see your sister after work for a bit. I need some alone time with my children”.
I didn’t wait for her reply. Stepping into the elevator I immediately pressed the ground floor button. And just like in the movies the elevator doors closed that two seconds, too slow.
Joshua had remained quite when I spoke to the principle in his office.
Mr. Horne was a rapacious man. When he needed money, I was his life line. When the music program needs to upgrade out of season instruments they come to me. In order to keep his bulging budget, he needed to keep me happy.
Joshua had gotten away with barely a slap on the hand and a day off school. Nothing was going on his permanent file, and after much hesitation on Mr. Horne’s behalf the name of the other student was given to me. I knew his parents, they had been an acquaintance of my company for some time, due to my shares in theirs. The matter will get sorted, quietly.
We had been home for the past 20 minutes and still Joshua had barely looked my way, only nodding and shaking his head when I spoke. This sort of behavior was unusual for my 8 year old boy. He was never one to fight, or act up. Unless it was against his sister. But after being fly tackled by a pigtail wearing 6 year old, you would get mad too.
The silence finally got the best of me, when I found myself sitting across from Joshua.
“What happened?” My tone demanding, but I felt desperate.
“He pushed me, so I hit him”.
Joshua would have to be kidding if he thought he was getting away with an answer like that.
Raising an eyebrow. “You expect me to take that for an answer son”.
“I don’t know” he shrugged.
“Why did he push you?”
“Oh come on Joshua just tell me!”
My son slammed his hand down on the couch and stood abruptly. His face was glowing red, tears threatened to spill. Something was wrong.
“You want to know why dad! It’s because he was talking about you and mom and I told him to get a life. He pushed me and I just hit him… I don’t know why” he cried. “I just couldn’t help myself”.
“Son” I stood, walking towards Josh and sat him back on the couch, with me right next to him. “What did he say about your mother and I? You know you can tell me right?”
Nodding, Joshua pulled his knees up against his chest. “He was saying that mom wasn’t good enough. That- that’s why you left us”.
My heart shattered. I knew kids could be cruel these days, but this was nothing that I would of expected.
I didn’t know how I was going to explain myself to Joshua. How do you tell your son that it wasn’t me to walk away, but it was her? You don’t.
“Josh.. Josh look at me please” cupping his chin I turned his face towards me. “Your mother was never 'not good enough’ for me. She is the most lovely and courageous women I know. We didn’t break up because I got sick of her son”.
“Then why did you break up?”
“We just grew apart, but I will always love your mother”.
“Then why are you mean to her dad? Why does she still cry at night?”
It was my turn to start tearing up. I couldn’t beleive I was having an adult conversation with my 8 year old son. My heart hurt more the longer he spoke.
I never knew he could hear Rae and I’s conversations. He heard me when i stupidly degraded his mother, everytime i opened my mouth. Did that mean Ruby could hear too?
I felt like a monster, but i was hurt. Rae had broken me to the point where hate started seeping in, leaving me with fragments of my old self that I reserved for my kids.
“I’m sorry Joshua. I should never of talked to your mother like that. Please promise me you wont ever speak to your mother like that”.
“I wouldn’t. I actually love her” he declared.
“Josh. Don’t talk to me like that! You are not your mother so I don’t have to explain anything to you, alright? We are getting off topic and I want to talk about you hitting another student Joshua”.
“Colton said that his dad got to touch mom” Joshua softly spoke. My heart skipped a beat with his words, then plummeted to the pit of my stomach.
If I wasn’t sitting my knees would’ve already buckled by now. He was talking about Mr. Davis and Rae. How many other men has she fucked while being with Gregory, or better yet me.
“He said a few years ago his dad saw mom coming out of the bathroom of this big fancy ball… And touched her. The- then he said. He said his friends laughed when Mr. Davis said mom was fighting him. What does he mean dad?”
I tried to remember the last ball he had attended with Rae. It had to of been at least 3 years ago. I remember vaguely the lacey number she wore. The neckline plunged deeper then usual, teasing my eyes, and many men around him.
After thinking about it, I do remember how she had been the perfect plus one. Floating around from person to person, saying her hellos. Between dancing and chatting she was spreading her happiness.
Well until half way through, when she insisted they went home early. Her mood sombre, but she insisted she was due for her menstrual cycle.
Unless… Something happened between Mr. Davis and Rae. Something sinister, and degrading.
That son of a bitch!
“Joshua. Promise me you won’t tell your mother. I want to be the one to speak to her about this. And I will tonight, Ohkay?”
Nodding, Joshua leaned into me as my arm draped across his shoulders. My son was hurt and it was all my fault. I didn’t help Rae, but I didn’t know. If something happened during that ball without my knowledge I don’t think i could forgive myself. I pray that the kid was feeding Josh bullshit, but somewhere in the back of my mind I felt like something did happen.
The door softly opened to reveal my beautiful daughter and brother, walking through the entrance still unnoticed to Josh and I’s presence. Until Ruby looked up and make eye contact with me.
“Daddy!” The click of her polished leather shoes echoed the foyer.
“Hi princess, did you have fun at school?”
“I did! I did! We learnt our 4 times tables today daddy. They so easy, but Mike said that I was just a smarty pants. I told him that my daddy always said I should have my nose within a book, then a boy on a hook” she declared proudly.
My glorious daughter reminded me so much of her mother. The light in her eyes shone brightly, just like Rae’s.
“Well done baby girl. Did you have fun with Uncle Archie?” I asked. Looking towards Archie I smiled, mouthing 'thank you’. I had phoned him the moment I jumped in the car to pick up Josh. He, of course agreed. Our work was close to Ruby’s school, plus Archie had informed me that Ben is quite able to pick up Sophie daycare.
“Yes we organised a play date for Mommy and Uncle Archie. He said he wants mommy, Joshua and I to come see them. It’s going to be fun!”
Archie and Rae must have rekindled their relationship after we interrupted her dinner. With Gregory.
“That sounds great sweetheart. How about you and Josh go to your rooms for a second whilst I talk to Archie, ohkay”.
“Ohkay daddy! Come on Josh, I can show you what I did today in art class with Crissy” she pulled on her brother arm in a haste. Finally, when they went to their rooms I turned to my Brother.
“What happened with Josh?” he asked, moving towards the love seat next to me.
“He got into a fight with John Davis’ son today. He punch him when Colton started to talk about Rae and I’s relationship”.
Sighing, I ran my hand through my thick hair. I knew I could trust my brother with my life, so I knew what I was about to tell him will be kept confidential.
“What about your relationship?” Quizativley he moved forward.
“Apparently she wasn’t good enough for me so I left. But that’s not all…”
“How could a kid say something like that! How would he know what was going on with your family? Hang on there’s more?”
I told him everything that Josh had just told me, down to what I remembered about the night. I could see the empathy in Archie’s eyes. The more I talked, the more my throat constricted. The words left a bitter taste in my mouth, if only I had been there. I could of done something.
“Finn you don’t know for sure if anything happened that night. John could of been telling a bullshit story to a punch of people. Don’t beat yourself up about it”.
“Archie, you don’t understand. After that night Rae started to become slightly distant, I didn’t notice it until she left though. She didn’t seem like herself, but originally I thought it was because of the kids. Then 6 months later, she fucking left me with divorce papers”.
“What if this was the reason. She couldn’t bare to look at me after I let my work associate molest her!”
“You didn’t know!”
“I should of asked her what was wrong. I should of followed her or something. I can’t stop thinking what if…”
“Talk to her. Finn, you need to go around and talk to her. What time are you meant to drop Joshua and Ruby back off?”
“7..” I breathed.
“Its now 4pm, go talk to her now. I’ll stay here with the kids and if your not back by 6.30pm then I’ll drop them of there. That gives you 2 and a half hours to work out what the fuck happened, Ohkay?”
Nodding like a scolded child I got up of the couch.
“Are you sure?” I asked. I was unsure about leaving the kids with him, but I needed to talk to Rae immediately. I couldn’t wait til i dropped Ruby and Joshua off tonight.
“Of course Finn. I’m your brother, I’ll do anything for you”.
I pulled Archie in for a hug, then ran out the door. I hope Rae is ready for me.
As quickly as I could I drove to Rae’s house. When I arrived, I threw the gear into parked and hurried to her front door. After knocking I waited very patiently for a very confused but equally beautiful Rae to open the door.
“Finn?.. What are you doing here? Where are the kids?”
“We need to talk Rae. Josh and Ruby are fine, they are with Archie” I said.
The truth will be revived tonight. What really happened the night she walked away… No more waiting.
I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone! Sorry if I did!!
Title: Something Just Like This Rated: T A/N: for @damereyevents summer exchange: @emmaawatson for her prompt falling in love in college. Ben’s not evil, per se, just… misled by some guys back in high school and jealous of Rey… go figure. Oh, and Rey has a worse potty mouth of all her friends. I mean, she worked at a greasy garage. Come one. And I couldn’t help adding in my oc Galen Andor. >.< #sorrynotsorry I also couldn’t help basing Yavin on my hometown, complete with the court house and clock on top >.> the timeline, well its in chronological but it skips around without any clear indication???? anyway have fun ;D oh and there are more notes at the end on ao3
Summary: Rey is a Skywalker, even if by name only, but still a Skywalker, and Skywalkers don’t let themselves get pushed around, by anyone ever. Even if said pusher-arounder is your cousin. Rey is going to the same college as Ben - Kylo, as he insists on calling himself, no matter how utterly ridiculous it sounds - and Rey isn’t sure how she’s going to be able to handle her straying cousin and college life. But thankfully, her adopted brother Finn, roommates Rose Tico, her sister Paige, and their friends Jessika, Poe, and Galen have her back.
And I hold my favorite thing I hold the love that you bring But it feels like I’ve opened my eyes again And the colors are golden and bright again There’s a song in my heart, I feel like I belong It’s a better place since you came along It’s a better place since you came along
Rey pulled her knees up to her chin and rested her head against the side of the brick stairs. Another meeting starting with a hopeful smile, and ending with burning eyes and tight throat.
Why didn’t anyone want her?
She was only nine, practically a teenager. She was growing up and wanted - no needed - a family.
It was Finn. He was frowning as he approached and sat next to her, grasping her hand.
“They didn’t want me,” she whispered, sniffing. She leaned her head on Finn’s shoulder, and felt him tense at her words. He was always upset when someone didn’t want her, but was also dreading the day she left him, or he left her.
“I’m sorry, Rey. But at least we’re still together.”
Rey nodded, closing her eyes, and wished with all her might they could go to a family together.
Feet scuffing on the bricks stairs had them sitting up more and tilting their heads back to see who it was. Sky blue eyes stared back at them. It was a man no more than maybe thirty-six with bright blonde hair and blue eyes and friendly smile. He waved at them, and Rey couldn’t help waving back, before disappearing inside.
She wondered who that was. Nobody ever really paid them much attention.
“Rey, Finn, will you come inside for a minute?”
Finn and Rey looked at each other with wide eyes, before jumping up and tripping over each other to get inside.
“This is Luke Skywalker.”
Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here Here comes the sun Here comes the sun, and I say It’s all right
Rey rubbed her forehead slick with sweat and looked up from the car she was working on to squint at the clock. It was almost 1:00. Rey had never been so excited to talk to her boss, Unkar Plutt, before. He was the owner of Jakku Garage, and was the biggest asshole you would probably ever meet. Rey had seen him turn down customers before because they “weren’t worth his time.” Rey had fixed their cars free of charge after she was off work.
She’d started working with cars whenever she was adopted, because Luke was good with cars, and her “Uncle Han” had a beautiful Ford Falcon that he’d take her for drives in.
Sometimes she’d take the “Millennium Falcon,” has Han called if, out for a spin after she got her license.
She was definitely a lot more reckless with it than Aunt Leia would approve, but she was good. She was good with it, and got a kick from the adrenaline from races. Rey entered races whenever she could, and even though it was a teensy bit illegal, as long as she didn’t get caught, she was sure Han wouldn’t mind, and neither would Luke as long as she was okay.
So yeah. She was an adrenaline junkie, and who could blame her? Finn, now officially her brother, didn’t approve either, but he wouldn’t stop her as long as she came out okay.
But now Rey was eighteen and ready college at Yavin Academy, and the only thing that took away from that was her cousin, Ben, or Kylo Ren, as he insisted on being called.
He used to be nice. He used to be one of the best people she knew, or maybe that was only because he was a cousin, a real cousin she had never had before. But then they hit high school, and he made friends with the wrong people, and somewhere along the line, Rey had a nagging feeling he was jealous of her.
But other than that, Finn was a year older, and had already started, and he hadn’t said anything about Ben, but that could possibly be because Ben started ignoring Finn, or it could be because Finn had this weird thing going on where he didn’t want anyone to worry about him.
(Jokes on him, Rey would always worry about him.)
So today, Rey was driving down with Luke to Yavin Academy, where she was going to major in Astronautic Engineering because on top of being good with machines she wanted to do something that could be helpful to NASA and astronauts. Her two favorite things as a kid was space and machines. (But honestly, what kid didn’t want to go to space or work at NASA when they were kids?) Not to mention, her fucking dad worked at NASA. It’s kind of hard not to aspire to work at NASA when your dad does.
After finding out her boyfriend/perfect prom date Finn has another girlfriend, Clarke manages to convince her next-door neighbor Bellamy Blake to be her prom date. But in the midst of their pretend relationship, they find the connection they once lost as kids, and start to question on what they really want out of this arrangement.
Jess and Rey are horror movie junkies and Finn and Poe try to watch with them sometimes but honestly, Finn’s experienced enough violence in his life that he doesn’t really like violent movies so instead the four of them end up watching Mulan for the millionth time
Yesterday Finn took his girlfriend to Woodland Park Zoo for their one year dating anniversary. Finn has had his driver’s license for almost a year now. He hasn’t had any tickets or accidents, and yet I still get nervous when he wants to drive somewhere increasingly out of range. Woodland Park is in Seattle, which is about a 45 minute drive from our house, and requires driving on Interstate-5 through downtown Seattle. All this on a holiday weekend, no less. I felt a little queasy until he messaged me he arrived. They spent a lovely day enjoying the zoo, eating lunch, and buying gifts for each other. He’s just adulting all over the place, and it’s still a little crazy to me.
Before he left I offered to buy his zoo admission tickets online using my AAA discount if he gave me the cash. I figured I could save him $8 and teach him about cost-cutting and frugality, which is laughable considering his dad and I might be the worst deal makers in history. If I write a money book it will be called, The Art of Getting What You Want with the Least Amount of Awkward Conversations. This usually means we pay full price or too much for a lot of stuff. But we’re happy and we still have a nice nest egg, so I don’t sweat about it too much.
After I handed Finn the tickets we had this exchange:
Finn: Cool. I appreciate it, thank you.
Me: Did you just call me Becky?
Me: I thought you said, “I appreciate it, Becky.” Like I’m your secretary.
Finn (laughing): No, I said, “I appreciate it, thank you.”
Me: I was wondering where Becky came from. And you’re welcome. And now we have a running joke.