Writer Wednesday #10 by @autumnleaves1991-blog and @flightlessangelwings Pride Celebration Writing Challenge: Week 3
Star Wars -universe, adventures of Little Ben Solo
Word count 689
Warnings: Light angst, bittersweet story, hint of manipulation, children (young Ben)
A/N: I’m continuing with young Ben again, this time with his mother Leia. The story has a bittersweet taste to it and it’s not the happiest one even if it does end in a somewhat happy note.
Glitter and/or “I’ll always be by your side”
Ben turns the photo around in his hands. He looks at the woman in the photo; how the glimmer on her skin and in the air is reflecting off the light that shines from the side, illuminating the white dress she wears. She looks beautiful in the photo, delicate and still so strong. The smile gracing her lips is beautiful if barely captured, slightly off-frame. It is one Ben hasn’t seen often on her face but recognizes nonetheless. It's the quirk of the upper lip he has inherited.
His mother, the Senator Leia Organa, rarely smiles these days. Ben, despite his young age, knows it’s because his father is off on one of his adventures again. The small brows knit together in worry as he recalls the latest argument over Han taking off yet again. He wasn’t supposed to hear it, crouching down low in the foyer next to his mother’s study well after his bedtime, but it’s hard to sleep when the voices grow so loud both outside and inside his mind.
Shaking himself off the dark thoughts, Ben flips the photo around and studies the written words on the back. He recognizes his fathers loopy handwriting, the letters curving to the left and all the same size. He looks at the words, mouthing them silently to get a better feel for them.
“I’ll always be by your side.”
It’s a promise, Ben thinks, a promise that has been broken. Because his father is not here, his mother doesn’t smile and neither of them realize the toll it’s taking on all of them. On him. He blinks, the sudden mist in his eyes obscuring the view of the worn photo as he turns it around to see the glossy side again.
“Can I see?”
The voice of his mother startles Ben out of his thoughts and he squeaks in surprise, lifting his dark eyes to see her standing next to the couch he has made his nest in. The neat press of the suit she wears tells Ben she is either off to another meeting or just finished the one she had. Her eyes are relaxed though as she looks at him, waiting patiently for an invite to join him, and he can’t deny her.
“I found it on the floor,” Ben offers shyly as his hand reaches out to give the photo to Leia, who takes it with a nod as she sits down next to him.
“I must’ve dropped it earlier. Thank you for picking it up,” She doesn’t look at her younger self, her eyes focused on the words behind. A delicate finger traces the letters in silence as both mother and son stay still, lost in time and memories.
“Your father…” She begins, swallowing the rest of her sentence suddenly as something shines in her eyes. Leia is shielding her emotions well, but Ben can still feel the sorrow and sadness underneath and it makes him want to hug his mother, wrap his tiny arms around her frame. He does so, surprising them both. He feels her arm wrap around him as she pulls him closer so that they are side to side, as close as they can get.
“I hate it when he’s not here.” His words are muffled as he speaks them more to the fabric of the suit but Leia seems to understand them well as she pets his hair. The up and down movements of her hand on his inky locks feel both soothing and safe and Ben presses himself tighter into the embrace, enjoying the moment for as long as he can.
“Me too sweetheart, me too. But one day we’ll be together again.”
“I promise,” Her words come out strong, convincing as she soothes the worries of her boy.
It might turn out to be a lie too, a promise broken like the words behind the photo, Ben thinks. But he feels his mother’s arm tighten around his shoulders and he is filled with warmth. So he keeps his eyes closed and breathes in the fragrance of his mother and believes the words with his entire heart.
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