They made their way into a large room lined with chairs. They seemed to be the first ones there. She looked at Poe and Finn. "What do we do now?" she asked her voice filter still active.
"I guess, we wait?" Finn replied with a shrug. They sat down at some of the nearby chairs. Rey looked out the window at the sunrise. The city was more than she ever could have imagined. Where she had grown up alone in dune after dune of sand, this place was alive and breathing. Constantly moving and changing.
She stopped for a moment. She had felt it again. A ripple through the Force, unlike anything she had felt before. There was no way to pinpoint where it was coming from or what it meant. She stiffened and looked around the room to see if she could see anyone. Suddenly the doors opened and a small group of people and aliens trailed in.
They stopped for only a moment in hesitation when they saw the group sitting alone. Odd looks were exchanged as they made their way to their seats. A tall man sat at the center, his long blue robes cascading around him. He had very large blue-green eyes and sharp horns coming out of his forehead.
"I suppose you are who Leia has sent." he said gesturing to the trio who stood and walked to the center of the room. He looked at them disapprovingly.
"We are. We've come to negotiate your support of the Resistance." Rey said stiffly. The man gave a huff of exasperation.
"I am well aware of your intentions. I am prepared to help the Resistance, given my terms are met. Remove your helmet and prove to me you are who you claim to be, Jedi." the words rippled off his tongue with disgust. Rey bit her tongue and did as he had asked, removing her helmet. His eyes widened with delight, and the other members began whispering to one another.
She placed her helmet under her arm and looked at Finn and Poe who had done the same. The man leaned forward and licked his lips. "I said PROVE IT." he demanded. Rey felt her anger growing at the callous attitude of the man in front of her. She didn't know who he was, but gathered he was the sole reason she specifically had to come here.
She dropped her helmet and clenched her hands together in a bitter rage. Closing her eyes she focused on everything around her in the room. Her chest heaving in anger. She opened them and realized she had levitated everything in the room. Including those sitting in the chairs in front of her.
Most of the attendees looked impressed, or scared, but the man in the middle was sneering with delight. She slowly dropped the chairs back down, one by one, purposely leaving his for last. As the legs of the chair settled back down on the ground he began to slowly clap. The others joined in, but Rey could tell this was his own way of mocking her.
"Anything else?" she asked through gritted teeth.
"Not at all, I think that was quite enough." He said with the sneer still on his face. "Is it agreed then?" he looked over to his companions, who all nodded their heads at him. "Good. You may tell the General we are able to wire funds immediately.. Where exactly was she again?" he raised an eyebrow.
It didn't phase Rey. She had no idea why she had to meet with this disgusting man, but she knew better than to fall into one of his tricks. "That won't be necessary. My associates here have all the routing numbers. We have to keep that information to ourselves, you understand." she replied in the same mocking tone.
He sat back in his chair and she could see the irritation edge onto his face. "Absolutely. Greeda, take the men with you to get that situated. Our.. Jedi can wait here for them." he said with a slight smile.
The nearby droid took Poe and Finn with her and the guests stood and began to depart as well. The last to get up was the blue-robed man. He walked over to Rey and grabbed her hand. "It was a pleasure to meet you, Rey." he said before he gave a sinister smile and left the room.
Rey sighed in relief once the room had emptied and walked back over to the window she had been gazing out before. They did it, all they needed to do now was get the hell out of here. She turned and froze. He used her name, didn't he? But she had never given her name, and was certain that Leia didn't either.
Immediately she walked to the door only to find it wouldn't open. She was locked in. "Oh SHIT!" she said aloud. It was a trap, the whole thing was one giant ruse to trap her, and they had done it. She quickly looked around for another escape only to find the empty room around her.
She pulled at the door with the Force, but nothing moved. Her heart raced, and she began panicking, there was nothing she could do. She was completely at the mercy of this monster she knew would hand her right over to the First Order, and there was no way she was going to survive that.
Suddenly the door opened and she braced herself for the guards she knew were about to grab her. Strong arms grabbed each of hers, forcing the gun she had pointed at the door downwards. She readied herself to fight back before she heard what was being said to her. "REY, IT'S ME!" she paused and looked up. She wasn't going crazy, she was being held down by Ben Solo.
"Ben?" she asked in disbelief. His grip loosened on her arms and slid down to grab her hands.
"There isn't time to explain you have to come with me." he said desperately trying to get her to agree without argument. She gulped and nodded. "Okay, Okay, I trust you." she said and followed as he lead her out of the room.
She had been right about the trap, there were First Order Troopers littered around the hallway. She quickly realised that Ben had to have been the one to take them all out. His own army.
They made there way through several rooms before she stopped. "Wait Ben we have to get Poe and Finn!" She said and watched him whip around back to her.
"There isn't time, we have to go NOW!" he yelled back at her, but he knew the argument was lost before it started. He huffed and quickly ran out the opposite door with her in tow. "I might know where they're being held." he said and weaved her through more halls.
Eventually they made their way to what appeared to be the Security. Ben was kicking down door after door to find them. "We're running out of time, there's going to be back-up troopers here any second." he yelled as he kicked down another.
"REY?" she heard a call come from the one Ben had just opened.
"I'm here! Are you both okay?" She called back as they emerged from the room breathless. "
"Yes, we're fine! Strikers got the speeder waiting for us downstairs we need to get the hell out of here." Poe yelled as the sound of explosions came from the other rooms.
Rey looked past the boys to the tall figure standing behind them. They turned to see what she was looking out and started to yell.
"POE, FINN, STOP." she yelled and reached out with the Force, freezing them. Her eyes widened at the sudden power she never knew she had. Immediately dropping them they yelled and ran behind her.
"WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE." Finn yelled from behind her, still staring at the visibly irritated Supreme Leader on the other end of the hallway.
"Rey if we want to live we need to get the hell out of her, RIGHT NOW.!" Poe called.
She looked back at Ben, who was standing there panting. She attempted to take a moment to sort out whatever the hell was happening here. If he killed all those men, he's now a traitor to the Empire, he has nowhere to go, and is more likely confused. There was no way she was just going to leave him.
"You to get to the ship. I'm staying." she called back. They both started screaming out their objections. "NO, listen to me. Go back to the ship, get away from here. I will contact you as soon as I can. Trust me." she pleaded with the both of them. "You can trust me, just please go." she yelled as another explosion rocked the building.
They looked at her in disbelief before Finn grabbed Poe and began running. Rey sighed in relief and turned back to Ben. "Okay." she said. His expression softened when he saw her run back to him. "Let's get out of here." she said.
He nodded and extended his arm to her. She grabbed his hand and they fled down more halls and stairways. They made it to a different dock than the one she had entered from and he led her to the closest speeder. As soon as they made it out of the tower they had Tie Fighters on their tails.
Rey could only hold on as Ben navigated the mess of speeders, buildings, and Fighters following them. He suddenly dropped them down into the dark underside of the city, losing some of the fighters in the process.
"You have a plan. Please tell me you have a plan." she shouted in shock as several fighters aligned behind them. He didn't answer but instead pulled the speeder into a 180 and flew down a nearby alley suddenly stopping and dropping turning all lights off. They watched as the speeders chased each other down the alley.
"Oh, you had a plan." Rey said still visibly disgruntled. Ben started the speeder back up and took them out of the underside to a nearby hanger where she recognised a First Order ship. They jumped out and made there way over before Rey realised it was a single piloted ship.
She just raised an eyebrow and looked at him. "How in the hell are we both supposed to fit in this." She asked. He still had a stoic look on his face when he responded. "Tightly."
She wanted to roll her eyes at him but before she knew it he had jumped inside and motioned for her to sit on top of him. Nearby explosions forced her to jump in quickly and think later. Ben's arms circled around her small frame to grab the controls as he took them out of the hangar.
They were able to make it well into the atmosphere before they noticed the giant First Order dreadnaught that appeared in the sky above them. They wouldn't be able to jump into hyperspace until they were well out of the gravitational pull of the planet.
They had just made it out of the atmosphere when they watched fighters deploy from the dreadnaught. "How much time do we have before we can do a hyperspace jump?" she asked him uncertain what any of the controls said.
"45 seconds." he said quietly in her ear. She tried not to revel in the fact that they were so close. She could feel his hot breath on the back of her neck, his arms around her, or that she was literally sitting on his lap. Especially given the events of their last meeting.
She looked around, watching the fighters get into formation around them. Ben was doing what little he could to hold them off.
"Rey you have to stop moving your hair keeps getting in my face." he said and her eyes widened at the sudden realization. She slowly shrunk down just a little to see if that would help at all, but realised she was only further pressing her body into him.
"20 seconds." Was all he said. They jerked at the few shots that were able to hit them. "Just 10 more seconds, we can do this." Rey thought to herself. She closed her eyes and focused on the Force around them.
3..2..1.. Then finally, silence as they slipped into hyperspace, both breathing a sigh of relief.
"Can't they track us?" Rey wondered aloud.
"No. This ship has special barriers to prevent that. But just to be safe we should probably bounce between a few systems." he said.
They sat in silence for a few seconds. Rey desperately wanted him to explain what was going on, but this was neither the time or the place. She'd have to wait until they landed... wherever they were going.
"Where are we going?" She asked quietly.
He sighed. "Some place they'll never find us."
She relaxed. She knew she should be more concerned, but right now, after everything, she felt a peace through it all. She felt balanced.
Kylo passed them through a few systems to ensure they weren't followed before he set his final course. There was no going back now, but somehow, he was at peace with it. He never intended for things to go the way they did, but of course he never expected a third party to go behind his back and try to capture Rey. There really wasn't an option.
He finally had time to enjoy the moment. She was here, with him. Calm and at peace.. Happy even? She had chosen him this time, he watched when her friends tried to convince her to come, his heart breaking as she spoke to them, but she turned and grabbed his hand.
There wasn't time to think in that moment, what an incredible thing had just happened between them. His heart began beating faster.
"Are you okay?" she asked quietly. They had been sitting in silence for some time. There was so much to be said, but these were less-than-ideal conditions.
"I'm fine." he responded. There was no way to honestly answer that question at this moment. He was happy to see she accepted that response and settled her head back against his chest. He reveled in her touch, although involuntary right now. The opportunity to be this close to her, and in person, soothed every need he didn't know he had.
"We'll be there soon." he said adjusting the course slightly.
"Mhmm." she mumbled and he noticed her closed eyes for the first time.
Somehow, everything around them had become more chaotic, yet here in his ship, they were peaceful.
Perhaps this is all happening as Force wills it.
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