i should really be working on Seren’s prompt rn becasuse I’m behind schedule but I feel like she’d appreciate this
LET’S REPEAT THAT BOYS AND GIRLS
ALL TOGETHER NOW
CAN YOU IMAGINE HOW FREAKING PISSED OFF HAN WOULD BE IF HE’D SEEN LEIA TAKEN AS JABBA’S SLAVE
let’s back up, for those of you who don’t have background. Han is many things. Han has lied, cheated, smuggled, and killed his way out of many a sticky situation. For a good chunk of his life, his morals are grey and dubious at best.
Han is fundamentally against slavery.
Let’s say that again, so we get it down pat.
Han Solo is fundamentally, passionately, angrily AGAINST SLAVERY OF ANY KIND.
If we’re taking the EU as true (which we are, bc I’m pretty sure this ask is based on a post I made earlier this morning reading The Hutt Gambit), Han’s lived all of his childhood in an abusive situation where the people being abused (himself being one of them) are told that no, they’re not owned by anyone, they’re technically free to leave, but they have zip-zero finances, ability, or skills. A child in an abusive situation can’t just up and leave if he doesn’t want to work for the abuser anymore. Emotionally and physically, they’re stuck. Trapped. They have to work to make Shrike money or they get the hell beaten out of them (”the last time, Han hadn’t been able to walk for two days”. That is a direct quote). And if they do run away and get caught, then they’re dragged back and beaten some more.
That is for all intents and purposes slavery. It’s not called owning and buying, because Shrike didn’t buy any of them. But it is a situation where you are essentially owned.
Fast forward to when Han is nineteen. He finally escapes the abuse to go and work for a bunch of “priests” on a planet called Ylesia, owned and run, as it soon turns out, by Hutts.
The people on the planet - the “pilgrims” - are addicted. They’re addicted to pleasure, pleasure under the disguise of “spiritual enlightenment”, and because of that addiction they’re trapped on the planet, working themselves to the bone to make spice in factories to sell to other worlds to make money for the Hutts and t’landa Til. And when they’re decently addicted, they’re literally sold as slaves to work in Kessel.
Han sees all of this first hand. Han falls in love with one of the slaves, and Han witnesses first hand what addiction and enslavement can do to someone’s spirit and self-worth.
Fast forward another five years. Han gets kicked out of the kriffing Imperial Navy, which has been his dream since he was very young and he nearly got killed getting into - because, GET THIS, he attacked a superior officer who tried to kill a “misbehaving” slave.
Han’s stared down Hutt crime lords and refused point blank to haul slaves as cargo. Han’s put his own ass on the line multiple times because he hates this idea of slavery so much. Han has willingly killed slavers. One of the reasons he dislikes the Empire so much is because of their increasing enslavement of non-humanoids.
So now, after Han’s finally in a spot where he might have regained footing in his crazy life, through which he’s been abused, nearly killed multiple times, betrayed multiple times, abandoned, physically beaten, emotionally hurt, and tons of other nasty-ass things - he is finally in a spot where he might have some equilibrium. There’s this woman, see, who brings out the best in him, who forces him to be better, to love more, to give more willingly, to be less angry and cynical and bitter and maybe even believe.
And then he gets stuck in carbon freeze not knowing if he’s going to die and not knowing what’s going to happen to her and then - oh, then - he’s being woken up and he’s disoriented and she is there -
only for her to be ripped away and humilated, violated, and chained to the kriffing dias of the same massive, corrupt slug Han once resolute told:
“I’m against slavery. There’s no damn way I’m shipping slaves, even if it means you won’t hire me.”
And it’s because she came back to get him, to rescue Han, that this has happened to her, because she loves him.
So, keeping all of this in mind, if you for so much as a second actually believe that the first thought crossing Han Solo’s head when he learns about the slave girl outfit is “geez, I wish I could’a seen that” and a lecherous smile, I honestly don’t even know what to say to you and you need to seriously rethink your logic. And understanding of this character. And possibly also sit on a cactus.
Have a nice day, and for more headcanons re: what Han might have actually been thinking, go have a chat with star-vault-ofthe-heavens or 1000-alshain, who have some excellent thoughts. And by excellent I mean heartbreakingly painful. But anyway.