ju_lii: (han solo)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Title: untitled
Prompt: broken
Characters: Poe Dameron, Rey
Pairings: Gen
Rating: G

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“How does she do it?” Rey asked Poe one day, the two of them sitting by Finn's bed and watching the machines monitoring his vitals (both pretending not to pray he would wake up).

Being as they hadn't talked all that much about anything but their friend, it took Poe a second to fully register the question. “You mean the General?” he asked finally.

“Yes.”

Well, that was a loaded question. “The General does a lot of things, Rey. You're gonna have to be a little bit more specific than that.”

“Why isn't she falling apart?” She seemed almost embarrassed by the question, a blush crawling up her cheeks. “I mean...I've barely been off Jakku a week, and I've flown a ship and made friends and lost them and been captured and escaped and fought Kylo Ren and almost died but didn't...anyways, so much has happened, and it's all I can do not to burst into tears at any moment.” Poe had a feeling that she didn't say that lightly. Rey wasn't the type to admit weaknesses to anyone but herself, and maybe not even then. Certainly not to a man she barely knew and only trusted because Finn and BB8 trusted him. “She's so strong.”

For once, Poe didn't have a ready answer on his tongue. Aunt Leia (he still had trouble reconciling The General with the woman whose shoulders he'd climbed on as a child) wasn't easy to explain when you hadn't grown up in the world she'd helped to build. Stories about the Rebellion and the fall of the Empire had been taught to him before he'd walked on his own. They were part of him, as much as sand and scraps and determination were a part of Rey that he would never totally relate to.

“The General is special,” he said finally. If only he had Aunt Leia's way with words. “Believe it or not, she's been through worse than this and then some. It hasn't stopped her yet.”

“And it didn't break her?”

Poe looked at Rey's shining eyes, and saw the first sparks of hero worship. Which was all well and good (and Aunt Leia probably was a safer role model than her husband, even though Poe had clearly followed in his footsteps), but he remembered a conversation he'd had with The General not too long ago. “We are all of us broken in some way. It's what we do with the pieces that makes a difference.” There had been a faraway look in her eyes that said she was thinking of Home again, which meant Han or Alderaan depending on the day.

He shook his head. “More like...she built something out of the pieces,” he said finally. “It all depends on what you build.”

“Hm.” Rey was quiet after that, thoughtful. And there was definitely some hero worship going on. “Build something....”

Good. Poe hoped he'd be around to see what she built.
ju_lii: (han solo)
This one is quite short, and I am too lazy to put it under a cut tonight. And, being as it's me, I can never take a prompt in the obvious direction.

first things first (534 words) by truthtakestime
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars - All Media Types, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, Kylo Ren
Additional Tags: Beginnings, First Times, Friendship, starwarsflashmeme
Summary:

They are the firsts of many. Some are easier to take in than others.



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REY

You've never had a friend before.

Sure, you knew people on Jakku. Everybody knew people; you could hardly survive in a place like that without some idea of who was around you, who would share a sip of water if you were dying of thirst and who would sell you out for a quarter portion. You weren't friends precisely. You just did what you needed to do to survive, and usually that meant helping the next guy to survive too.

Finn is different than pretty much everyone. It could just be that he's not like anyone on Jakku, but you are pretty sure that there isn't another like him in the whole universe. He's...very odd. But good. You think that you like him. You think he might be what they call a “friend”.

You've always wanted one of those.



FINN

In a very short span of time – a day, maybe two by the night cycles on Starkiller Base – you experience a lot of firsts. Your first time on Jakku. Your first real mission. Your first casualty. Your first friend not born and bred and programmed into the First Order like you were. Your first time in a TIE fighter. Your first crash. And you meet a girl for the first time who gives you all sorts of feelings that you had never even known existed (were those really a thing? did they mean something?).

It's a lot for you to take in. You sort of hope you can catch your breath before you start experiencing more new things again.



POE

You've been captured before.

There's a reason that you fly mostly solo on these things. You're not all that great at avoiding trouble; you're great at getting out of it, but there seems to be a disconnect in the middle somewhere when other people get involved. It's like they didn't read the handbook of “Poe Dameron always brings his man home”, and go straight to freaking out and generally making things ten times as difficult as they otherwise would be if they just stayed calm and rational. It's why the General authorizes your requests to go out alone, even though it's standard procedure to bring backup and you wouldn't mind the company.

Finn is the first person you've worked with who was actually useful in a crisis. Sure, he did the whole “freak the hell out” thing; but he panicked, he got over it, and he got to work. It figured that the one time someone actually trusted you to get them out alive you had to crash.

It's a minor setback. You can't have everything.



KYLO

This has never happened before.

The Force has always guided you, made you strong. Whatever you've set your mind to you have accomplished (except for rooting out your uncl—rooting out Luke Skywalker), whether it be learning a new technique or identifying a traitor or retrieving a piece of information. Never before have you had so many slip-ups, mistakes, near misses. Not all of them were within your control, but they should have been. You're going to have to do better than that from now on.

Failure isn't an option. It will not happen again.

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