Rey and Finn as bounty hunters
An abandoned orphan, Rey grew up on Jakku. In this arid wasteland, it was every man for himself and Rey quickly learned to provide for herself. At first, she was too young and weak to earn her food, and had to rely on scraps. As years passed, she became stronger and smarter, becoming one of the best scavengers on Jakku. Unfortunately, Plutt had no interest in paying his scavengers according to size of their catch, his entire business relying on people’s competitiveness fueled by despair. So, no matter how big the piles of metal were, Rey was always hungry.
One day, she decided she had enough of it. She knew how to fight, she was smart and a fast learner, she could fly all kinds of ships and speedsters. She could leave this awful planet if she wanted to, and never be hungry again. She was 20, now, and if after 15 years her family still wasn’t there, they either didn’t care about her or were dead. So one night, she stole Plutt’s most famous ship, the Millenium Falcon, and left. Becoming a bounty hunter wasn’t planned, really. The day after leaving Jakku, in a remote space station she saw a poster of a wanted man. The prize was enough to buy food for an entire week, and she managed to find him in 24 hours. From that moment on, she became an efficient bounty hunter thanks to her innocent face, her knowledge of several languages, and her research skills.
Finn was taken from his family, conditioned and trained to be a Stormtrooper by The First Order. But when he was ordered to killed innocent people, he realized that he couldn’t do it, that he couldn’t keep working for them. So he defected, saving a Resistance pilot and escaping with him. He dropped the pilot off on Jakku, where he could find his droid, and took off. He went to the Outer Rim, working odd jobs and changing locations every few weeks. He just wanted to live peacefully and not have anything to do with The First Order. And if sometimes he screamed himself awake at nights, taunted by dreams that felt like memories, well no one had to know.
But one day, as he was working in an inn, a man barged in, threatening everyone with his blaster. His combat training kicking in, Finn easily disarmed him and knocked him out. Turned out the man was wanted for armed robbery and murder on 3 different planets, and Finn received a nice amount of money for his effort. He realized that living his life scared and hidden wasn’t what he wanted. He wanted to help people, to use everything the First Order had taught him, but to do good and not evil. He could arrest criminals, and even get paid for it. So he took on the job, using his tactical and fighting skills to catch bad guys (but always making sure to check that they are real criminals and not regular people who got flagged as criminals because they dared to oppose the First Order). He took on a new name and kept his face hidden to stay under the radar, especially as his bounty hunter reputation grew.
And eventually, Finn and Rey find themselves working on the same case without knowing it : a dangerous arsonist who has a very high prize on her head. But just as Rey is about to catch the criminal off-guard, after days of pretending to be a clueless waitress, there’s an explosion. Turns out it’s a fake one, and a part of Finn’s plan to create confusion to be able to catch the arsonist. But with Rey getting in the way (because there’s no way this random guy snatches her prize when she worked so hard for it), she ultimately gets away. After hours of fighting about what happened, Rey and Finn decide to work together to catch the arsonist. And even though it’s supposed to be a one-time thing, they click so well together that they decide to become partners. Out loud, they say it’s because they are more efficient as a team, but the truth is, they might be falling for each other.