An Unexpected Departure
It was the wee hours before dawn would arrive but Rey was wide awake. She couldn’t sleep, no matter how hard she tried. The prospect of a great evil more powerful than Snoke out there in the galaxy was haunting and not allowing her a moment’s rest. She sat up, pulling her knees to her chest. She looked to her right where Ben lay fast asleep, his broad chest heaving up and down intermittently. A small smile touched her lips.
After leaving Maz Kanata instead of retiring to their individual quarters Ben had decided to come with sleep with her. They felt the most comfortable sleeping in each other’s presence and sure enough, neither one of them were haunted by the nightmares that had been inflicting him before.
She bent down and kissed his nose. His eyes opened drearily.
“It’s time, isn’t it?” he asked.
“I believe so.” She looked toward the window where the sky’s dark blue was slightly giving way to a lighter color. “The Force is telling me that it’s time to leave. The more time we waste the more chance something terrible could happen.”
Ben placed a hand on her back. “We will leave soon but for now,” his hand eased its way down her back, “rest. You may wish you had in the coming days.”
She nodded, understanding his words of wisdom, and laid beside him, placing her hand on his chest and looking into his eyes. Neither one of them had to say anything. They could simply sense each other’s emotions as they held one another in a warm embrace.
Ben leaned toward her and kissed her softly before whispering, “Sleep.”
And that’s what Rey did. She closed her eyes, soaked in his warmth, and slept.
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