“College AU + Kisses” commission for @errrbodylovesfinn
Finn Skywalker has never seen autumn before.
He’s spent his whole life in Alaska with his family, and even attended his first year of college there. His second year of school, his mother encouraged him to apply somewhere new, to see a different part of the world. So he did. Now Finn’s in the Pacific Northwest, starting his second year of college at a small tech school.
More specifically, at the moment, Finn’s standing in front of a giant maple tree, watching flaming orange gold leaves as large as his hand fall softly to the ground all around him.
The campus is small but busy, and several students give him funny looks as they pass by. No one else seems to notice the brilliant colors blazing overhead- falling, flame-colored leaves under a crisp blue sky - but Finn is utterly enthralled. He steps off the path so he’s not stopping traffic, sets down his backpack, and lays back to watch the leaves fall.
A squirrels runs up to Finn, and then darts away from him, scurrying up the trunk of the great maple tree Finn’s lying underneath.
Finn follows the squirrel’s path with his eyes, grin spreading as he memorizes the clean smell of the air, the sound of feet crunching crisp fallen leaves, and the swirling patterns in the tree bark. Then, coming from above him, he hears a voice.
“What the hell are you looking at?”
For a minute, Finn thinks the tree is talking, until he focuses his eyes and realizes that there’s a girl in the tree. And she’s yelling at him.
“Oh!” Finn calls back, embarrassed. “I didn’t mean to stare. I was just watching the leaves.”
“Oh,” the voice says. “Okay then.”
Finn watches, mouth a little open, as the girl in the tree begins to climb down. When she makes it to the bottom branch, she does a little shimmy, and then lands on her feet in front of him.
“Hiya,” she says, sticking out a hand to help him to his feet. “I’m Rey. And I’m sorry I yelled. I thought you were someone else.”
“Oh,” Finn says. Not yet sure what to say to that. “I’m Finn.” He takes Rey’s hand and lets her help him up, and then they’re standing face to face, a little too close.