Fake Fic Summaries, 16/? the Meet Me Again (For The First Time) edition (2016-06-07)

A/N: Random Kylux idea because @bona-mana’s fanart is absolutely gorgeous and I swear I have just been browsing through the art tag for DAYS.

I mean, this brainstorm isn’t based off one picture so much as it is kind of a mishmash of everything. In particular this one, anything to do with Hux having flowers in his hair, and the Emperor Hux AU which in itself was prompted by this post and which I now desperately headcanon.

Anyway, let’s go:

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Meet Me Again (For The First Time)

Every year, Naboo has a planet wide festival, celebrating its people and all its descendants. It’s a time for family and reunions, but it can also be a time for first meetings and new relationships.

Or, in which Ben Solo would rather enjoy the festivities than talk about his heritage, and Hux knows better than to reveal his.

Soooooo basically–Hux and Ben (although, I suppose this could work with Kylo Ren instead) meet at this festival and continue to do so every year, not knowing that outside of Naboo they are enemies (or rivals, if going with the Kylo Ren version. I mean, this would be pre-movie, obviously, and maybe they only know of each other’s reputation in the First Order–rising star, Snoke’s apprentice, etc).

Uh, yeah. So headcanon that spawned this is from this post in which, apparently, a young Sheev Palpatine looks remarkably like Hux. So maaaybe Palpatine is Hux’s grandfather/great grandfather (however the generation/ages maths adds up). And, obviously, in a galaxy where the Empire has fallen and the First Order is mostly on the Outer Rim, no way is Hux going to go to Naboo and actually tell people who his ancestor is. ((God, what if Hux’s first name is Sheev… mrgh, nah, I can’t do that to him.))

Whereas, contrast with Ben, grandson of a beloved queen, who honestly has gotten tired of hearing about it after so many years and would prefer maybe getting to eat some fried food and maybe play some carnival games.

Then they meet! And… I dunno… identity hijinks probably ensue. And then they fall in love?

Probably there are pink balloons involved at some point.

Ugh, okay, let me do some proper brainstorming, then:

For the sake of coherence, I’ll stick with the Ben Solo version (even though technically the ship name is Kylux).

Every year there’s a week long festival for all of Naboo in which, like the fake fic summary suggests, everyone on Naboo or of Naboo heritage is highly encouraged to attend(? participate?). So even though Hux is descended from the New Republic’s number one persona non grata, presumably his grandmother (I am also going with the maths of Palpatine being Hux’s great grandfather via his maternal grandmother who was an illegitimate daughter) had been born and raised on Naboo and, you know, also wasn’t an idiot and didn’t tell her neighbors about her father’s identity.

And, I mean, presumably, Hux has other family (*cough* the Weasleys *cough*) who actually still live on Naboo and don’t quite realize who their cousin’s employer is or what exactly “the company” is working towards. Nor is he all that keen to enlighten them.

But it’s one week a year where he doesn’t have to be picture perfect Lieutenant Hux all the time and can just be himself. Or, at least, a different part of himself that he normally doesn’t get to express.

Ben Solo, on the other hand, has from birth been considered a guest of honor. And, well, the festival isn’t exactly fun when spent indoors the entire time or in events for nobility/politicians only. In this, at least, he’s like his father because if he has to spend one more year eating carefully crafted plates of haute cuisine and listening to snooty aristocrats list their impeccable pedigrees then he’s going to explode.

Honestly, one stick of cotton candy and maybe a game of darts. Is that too much to ask for?

So one year he just… escapes. Changes out of his itchy formal clothes and into something more casual, more like what the other festival goers are wearing.

And then–boom–serendipitous meet cute with Hux.

Basically the week is kind of like a more wholesome version of a one night stand in Las Vegas. Because everything is so lighthearted that they don’t really reveal much of themselves to each other, but god do they just seem to resonate. A week is hardly anything, but it’s almost as if they’re falling in–

Unfortunately, the festival ends. Ben has to go (has to get scolded for ditching the graciously planned itinerary for him, though his parents are actually quite surprised at how serene he seems) and Hux only gets basically one week of unsupervised leave a year.

So they agree to meet at the next festival and depart ways amicably.

And then this is where the real world butts in. Because Uncle Luke finally deems Ben old enough to be a proper Jedi Knight–not just a student–and with it comes all the responsibilities. Unsurprisingly, this new Jedi order works closely with the Resistance and so Ben is involved in several missions against the First Order. Though he has yet to come up against Hux personally, the same name does keep popping up in relevant reports that Ben starts to notice.

((Okay, I’m gonna backtrack and say that Hux introduced himself with his first name which is reasonably common, maybe. Whereas, since Ben Solo is basically the face of the New Republic, he used his secret identity “Kylo.” So there! It’s still Kylux))

Meanwhile, the First Order hears news of the Resistance’s new magical attack dog which, at first, doesn’t actually mean anything to Hux. But the higher up he gets promoted, the more relevant everything about the Resistance becomes. He has to be prepared for all eventualities, and that includes, apparently, outdated religious fanatics.

A lot can happen in a year.

Still, when the time of the Naboo festival comes around, both of them put their troubles on the back burner. More interested in the here and now with each other. It’s obviously adorably sweet.

And maybe this pattern continues for a few more years, the Naboo festival more and more becoming the highlight of their lives. Or maybe it doesn’t. Maybe they only get the two weeks, because–again, obviously–on the last day of the festival, people who know Ben as Ben and not “Kylo” find him and reveal his secret to Hux.

And he would like to be righteously angry/betrayed except then one of his cousins (unaware of what his name might mean) refers to Hux by his full name like–“Elan/Brendol/Sheev Hux, you nerf herder, you stole the last chocolate banana” or something else suuuper innocuous in comparison to the fall out that it causes.

Just, you know, ~BIG REVEAL~ and loud yelling and betrayed feelings and accusations of being spies and seducing the enemy and etc.

I don’t actually know how to resolve this? Who defects from their side? Does anyone defect?

Does Ben accidentally reveal ON A NEW REPUBLIC PLANET that Hux is part of the First Order, and the crowd quickly turns into a mob, but Ben saves him? And thus the pattern of a Skywalker Jedi turning to the dark side because of love continues? (And, following his own ancestor, Hux deposes Snoke and becomes Emperor?)

Or–upon realizing that the First Order can’t win, especially considering they’re being led by some crazy old religious fanatic whose Knights of Ren really cannot stand up to the new generation of Jedi (seeing as how… Kylo Ren hasn’t murdered them all), and also that his life is very bleak and what once made him proud just leaves him hollow–does Hux leave his position as Colonel and exchange valuable intel to the Resistance for asylum/clemency?

Do they get married and live on Naboo and be a frightening power couple? PROBABLY?

WHO KNOWS? ((No, seriously, who knows? Because I obviously don’t but I would like to see this resolved.))

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A/N: Uh… so… there’s that. If anyone’s interested in adopting this, please feel free and let me know? Because I would super like to see how someone resolves this… and I would also ย be interested in beta-ing or further brainstorming.

Also, thank you to bona-mana. Your art is BEAUTIFUL ๐Ÿ˜€

also, also… what is the ship name tag if its technically Ben Solo x Hux instead of Kylo Ren x Hux?

Untitled SW:TFA drabble (2016-01-10)

This drabble contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Rey comes to him on Ahch-To, lightsaber in hand and desperation in her eyes. The Millennium Falcon is short one Han Solo and the galaxy one Republic.

It wasn’t supposed to be like this.

There is something about the Skywalker genes–greatness or madness–strong in the Force but at what cost. After Ben’s–Kylo Ren’s–descent, Luke thought he knew what he was doing.

Send Rey to Jakku, send her away so she won’t be a target. So his mistakes won’t catch up to her, so she wouldn’t have to pay for his sins.

None of this was supposed to happen.

If ever she got curious, if ever she asked about him, she was to go to Lor San Tekka. And he would give her the map. But only if she asked, and only if she wanted.

Luke thought Jakku would be safe for her.

From her.

The desert is harsh, but Skywalkers have always been better there. Kinder, more controlled, the sand wearing away at all their sharp edges. Luke thinks maybe being raised as a Jedi is what led to Ben’s fall, honed and shaped until that’s all he became–a weapon.

Things were supposed to go better, be better.

He didn’t know Rey had ended up completely alone on Jakku, unaware of Lor San Tekka’s existence much less the information he had for her.

Hadn’t thought the Resistance would try to find him–he who had created their enemy through his failure.

Couldn’t believe that Han would come back and help, only to wind up dead. (But Luke should have–Han always came back when it mattered).

And now Rey is here, staring at him like he has the answers. As if his attempts at solutions werenโ€™t just problems in the making.

He doesn’t know what he’s supposed to do now.

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A/N: Tiny thing because still feels but mostly I’m confused on some points and trying to work everything out in my head.

So, basically, I hella headcanon that Rey is a Skywalker. Specifically, Luke’s daughter, and that she was left on Jakku for a reason. Or Lor San Tekka was left on Jakku for a reason… Basically, he was meant to be the Obi Wan Kenobi to her Luke except whatever adult supervision they had in place for her either bailed or died and so she never even knew to go find Lor San Tekka to go find her father. :/

Untitled SW:TFA drabble (2016-01-08)

This drabble contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

There’s something to be said about dying wishes–that final thought punctuated by a final breath. The last beat of a person’s heart as it rides one last emotional wave. It turns a mindless soldier into an older brother for the last half a second of FN-2003’s life.

Three swipes of blood across a helmet. One desperate, crushing grip. Fingertips pressing into gloves and armor–skin contact denied even at the end.

But the Force is in everything, even dying, newly awakened storm troopers. All Slip needs is a spark to bring his brother to the Light.

In chaos of battle, Finn kills multiples storm troopers. It’s nothing personal, on either side–they have their orders and Finn is trying to survive. He is too busy wishing for a blaster and avoiding attacks and marveling at the light saber in his hand to think beyond that. It’s something he learned wearing the helmet–there is no time for feelings and regrets.

Until, suddenly, there is.

“Traitor!” shouts a voice Finn recognizes, as intimately as anything could be considered such when you serve the First Order. “Traitor!” calls out FN-2199, and maybe in a kinder world Finn would have called him friend, but that is not the world they live in.

But there is space for rage, because Nines doesn’t attack Finn with a blaster but with a Z6 riot control baton. A much closer choice, far more personal.

Finn falters, whatever had been guiding his hand lets go under the assault of Nines’ indignation, or at least the pain that comes from a perceived betrayal. Finn, caught up in the unexpected flurry, can’t hold onto the light saber, much less respond.

Can a person be a traitor to something they never chose? Can a storm trooper truly defect if they are brainwashed into believing?

FN-2199 does not answer him, because suddenly he is dead before Finn can ask.

Phasma knows her time is limited; it has been since the mission on Jakku failed to retrieve the map. It’s a slow descent, the General and Kylo Ren’s constant bickering and oneupmanship buys her some time, but she knows it’s coming.

FN-2187 is one of hers, the way even runts of the litter belong, and while she would never describe herself as maternal she will admit to being possessive. And the most disgusting part is, FN-2187 was an exemplary soldier. She could trust him to survive even the most difficult of simulations, to not only complete a mission but lead his fellow troopers to success. A fine soldier, even officer corps material.

When he was loyal, of course. Now he is aiding and abetting fugitives, an active enemy combatant, and finally, a spy holding her at blaster-point.

She brings down the shields–she’s a captain not a trooper, she has a sense of self preservation–and looks down at her stray pup.

The other human intruder–an old man, Han Solo–asks about garbage chutes and trash compactors, perhaps in relation to FN-2187’s sanitation duties. She wonders if the old man understands what that means; if FN-2187 bothered to explain the euphemism, or if he even knows that it is a euphemism.

She lets the wookie put her down the garbage chute, no matter how ignoble. It’s an escape route and, considering what she just did, a much needed one. Regardless of who wins this impending battle, she will not be in their good graces.

Her time is limited, but FN-2187 is one of hers; she taught him everything he knows–she can survive anything, too.

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A/N: Finn is the apple of my eye, the darling of my heart. What a sweetie. ๐Ÿ™‚ I just want everything to go well for him.

The last section with Phasma had to be rewritten once I checked out Finn’s wookieepedia page and found out that apparently he consistently scored top marks as a cadet in the pre-movie novel. So I was trying to figure out why one of the top cadets would be in charge of sanitation duties, until I realized… sanitation could be a euphemism for clearing out the native people/animals of the planet that First Order took over for the Starkiller Base. O_O

… anyway. Hella enjoyed the movie. There were many points which could have been handled better but I’ve already screamed about that with my BFF so no need to rehash. Although, who knows, maybe some of that will prompt me to write some more drabbles. For knows this was the one that I really wanted to get off my chest before delving into some reading of my own ๐Ÿ˜€