Meet My Brother
chapter 30 of So Happy Together
note: WOW CHAPTER 30!?!? this story has come so much farther than i expected it too, and id like to thank you all so much for supporting it! im going on a hike today, and i go back to my classes today so im posting now as i may not have time later!
You heard applause as her name was called. You stood up along with Phasma, and your grandfather. You all cheered, and called her name. In the front of the auditorium you saw Matt stand up and clap. Immediately you saw a hand swat at him as he sat back down. At the same time you saw her family clap and cheer in another part of the auditorium. You smiled as you sat down, and watched her walk across the stage. Luke handed her a piece of paper, and someone took a picture of them shaking hands. You all cheered again as she walked away. She looked off stage, and shook the paper in the air as she walked offstage.
“Are you still feeling bad?” your grandfather asked once she was back where she needed to be.
“No, I definitely feel better.”
He smiled, and hugged you as another kid got called. Hux was next. You weren’t as anxious for Hux to go. After prom you felt confident he would keep in touch. You watched the stage, as the kid walked off stage once he was off you heard his name.
You all stood up clapping, and cheering. You saw Matt stand up again as he cheered for his friend. While you were cheering you realized nobody else was cheering for him. You assumed it was because nobody had known him since he was supposed to graduate next year. You again watched as he walked over to Luke. He handed the paper over to Hux, and said something as he did so. They shook hands. The picture was taken. Hux walked off as you all cheered again. You all sat back down as it was official. Hux, and Elaine were officially graduates. You sat back and let the realization wash over you. The hardest part was over. You just had to get the rest of graduation over with. There was one more name you were waiting to be called. Not because you were happy for them, but because you were happy to see them gone.
A few minutes later it finally happened.
You hear some scattered cheers. You saw a few kids cheering. Of Course you saw his family cheering up front. The one person you didn’t see was Rey. it was odd. Especially considering it was her boyfriend walking across the stage. you knew she didnt want to walk, but to not be here for Ben is weird even for her. In a swift moment you let some kindness shine through you. You stood up, and cheered for him. Your grandfather, and Phasma following suit. He looked into the crowd. Even though you were far away you could tell he was looking at you. You smiled at him as you cheered for him. He smiled back as he walked. Luke looked out at you too, and he smiled. Ben finally reached him, and Luke handed him a paper, and hugged him. The picture was taken, and he walked off. You cheered again for him. He looked back at you and smiled like an idiot. He stayed looking at you, and you kept eye contact with him. That was until his dumbass fell down the stage stairs because he wasn’t paying attention. You sat down as you hear everyone gasp.
After Ben’s stair mishap there weren’t many kids left. You sat, and listened as their names got called. Soon Luke gave his final speech, and it was over. You all rushed outside, and stood by the exit where graduates walked out to wait for Elaine. Anxiously you stood by the door hoping she would be one of the first ones out. To your dismay Ben was the first one to walk out. As soon as he stepped out he saw you. He stopped in his tracks, and looked down at you. After what felt like hours of longing stares you finally spoke.
“Hey man, congrats.” You held your hand out for him to shake it. He smiled and shook it.
“Thanks. It means a lot that you still cheered for me.” you both still held hands as you spoke.
“Any time. I mean not anytime seeing as you only graduate like once or twice in your life.”
“Yeah.” he smiled at you. You couldn’t help but stare into his dark eyes, and hope you didn’t get lost in them again.
“I’d better get back to my grandfather.” you slipped your hand out of his, and his smile fell from his face.
“I’m not doing anything, like a party or anything like that, but uh you should still definitely come by.”
“I’ve got Elaine’s party at my grandfather’s house.”
“Oh yeah, that makes sense. Sorry.” Why did this feel so awkward? When you two first met you could go back, and forth with flirty banter like it was a sport. Now being near him felt so new.
“Anyways, congrats. Guess I won’t be seeing you around any more.”
“Guess not.” both of you stood in silence for a second.
“I mean, unless you came by the house to hang out with Matt.” he said.
“Oh, yeah I forgot you’re going to a local college.”
“And I mean, maybe you would sometimes, possibly wanna see me?” looking down at the ground you smiled.
“I dont know Ben.” he smiled again. you both stared at each other before he spoke.
“I miss hearing you say my name.”
Just in time Elaine came through the door. You looked at her, and ran over to her. She took you in her arms, and you both jumped up, and down screaming over her accomplishment. You looked back, and Ben was gone. It would be a lie if you said you weren’t disappointed, but right now you wanted to focus on Elaine. She was talking about how happy she was when Hux walked out. You hugged him too, and you all talked before walking over to where you knew everyone was waiting. Everyone Buzzed, and talked about what had happened. Elaine’s family took her to the side so they could take pictures. You, your grandfather, and Phasma took pictures with Hux.
Once everyone was done with pictures, and talking your grandfather told Elaine’s mother that you both were leaving to get the finishing touches on the party done. You all slipped away, and headed home. Phas, and Hux came with you guys. It was dark, and the air felt thick. Rain was coming, and you had to hurry to the house to get her plant inside. When you all arrived at the house you raced to the backyard. You quickly grabbed her plant, and brought it inside. The little plant sat in the den where you know it wouldn’t be found seeing as most parties your grandfather had were in the formal living room.
Rushing downstairs you saw Hux setting up with Phasma. They were getting the food out of the fridge while your father put Elaine’s wrapped gifts on the table in the dining room. Walking into the kitchen you heard Phasma talking to Hux.
“I don’t care if you expected it, it’s just fucked up.”
“What happened?” you asked walking in
“Hux’s parents didn’t show up to graduation.” Phasma said as she angrily unwrapped a cheese and fruit platter.
“Yes, they did not, and for the last time it’s not surprising. I expected them not to.”
“No I agree with Phas, that’s fucked up.” Phas nodded her head.
“You do not know Brendol Hux. Not showing up was the best thing for him to do.”
“I’m sorry.” you said.
“Don’t be. I have you guys, Elaine, and Matt. I don’t need him. I won’t ever need him.” you walked over to him, and kissed his cheek. His face turned red, and you walked out of the kitchen, and into the dining room. You saw your grandfather setting the gifts up with Gideon sitting by the door. Walking over to Gideon you opened the door for him. He ran out, and you followed after him. Closing the door you grab one of his balls from his toy bin. Once he saw it in your hands he perked up. His upper body got closer to the ground. His ears moved forward a bit. You pretended to throw it, but he knew better. He kept his eyes on your hand, and you kept teasing him by pretending to throw it. Finally he got impatient and started weakly baying. Once he did that you knew he was getting tired of being played. You threw the ball, and watched him dash after it. He followed it into the forest, and ran back with it in his mouth. You did it a few more times, trying to tire him out before the party started.
The sound of thunder filled the air, and you knew it was time to go in. you call Gideon who trots over to you. You wipe his feet, and mouth, and open the door for him to head in. He walks over to his bed in the living room, and lays down. Hux, and Phasma were sitting on the couch talking when the doorbell rang. Your grandfather walked over to grab it. Phas kept talking about what you all were doing to celebrate your last day as a group. Hux suggested you all do another Lake day, but Phas felt you all needed to do something bigger.
“I don’t know. It’s our last day as the first order. Like for real.” Phas said.
“Not really, we are all going to remain friends.” Hux said as Elaine walked into the living room.
“Yeah, but Hux it might be a really long time before we all get together again. I mean Elaine’s home town is 6 hours away from here, Matt lives 4 hours away, and I’m probably going to go to California with my parents.” Phas said before you spoke.
“Yeah Hux she’s right. This may be it for the first order.”
“Whoa, hey. I don’t know what conversation I just walked into, but this isn’t it for us.” Elaine said as she sat on the couch next to Hux.
“I’m not saying it is. It’s going to be a long time before we are together again. This needs to be special.” phasma said to all of you.
“What if we went skating? Like we did for our first hang out as a group?”
“Hux! That’s a good idea, but I still feel like we should do something else along with that.” Phasma praised him.
“What if we went camping?” Elaine asked.
“Ok I won’t lie, camping sounds fun.” you said.
“So do I!” Elaine said.
“Let’s take a vote!” Phasma said as she stood up.
“All members of the first order should be here if we are going to vote.” Hux reminded her.
“He’s right, let’s wait for Matt.”
Elaine’s family came in from where they were talking to your grandfather. You got up to greet her parents who you hadn’t seen in a long time. You caught up with them a little while everyone else carried on with the party. There weren’t many people there yet, but it was enough that the living room felt crowded. You made your way to her brothers finally, and you smiled before hugging them both.
“Andrew, dude I haven’t seen you in forever.” you said as you hugged her oldest brother.
“I know kiddo, I’ve been busy with you know the whole wedding planning thing.”
“I know, I heard you’ve got your hands full with the new Fiance.”
“Dude, busy doesn’t even cover half of it! He had me out for 6 hours tux shopping.” Chris complained.
“Sorry for wanting to look good on my wedding day!” Andrews’ voice dripped with sarcasm.
“Apology accepted.” Chris hugged his brother as he playfully punched him. Just then the doorbell rang.
“I’ll leave you boys alone.” you walked towards the door, and opened it. On the other side were your parents. Elaine invited them the day you went to prom, but you honestly didn’t expect them to show up. Your mother pulled you in for a hug, and for once you hugged back. It was still weird having them around more, but it was nice to know they really did care enough to try and fix what was wrong. Your mother let go, and your dad came in for one too. Once he let go you let them inside. You immediately brought them over to where Elaine’s parents were.
“Hey Damien, Alicia? These are my parents. Mother, father, these are Elaine’s parents.” you announced to them as you brought them over.
“Hello! It’s so nice to finally meet you both I was starting to feel like you guys didn’t exist.” Alicia jokes.
“Well, I’ll be quite honest we have not been the best parents lately, but we are trying.” your father confessed
“It’s perfectly understandable, I mean aren’t we all trying?” Damien said to him. You walk away to let them talk while you wait by the door for more guests. You look around to see what was happening. Part of you is happy your parents decided to come. It’s nice seeing them actually put effort into being better parents. You watch as they laugh, and converse with not only some of your friends, but their family too. Never in your life would you have guessed this would happen.
Once you hit a certain age you assumed that they would always be the same. Then they just got worse. Now this. You decide not to dwell on it too long, and look around again. You see Elaine introducing Phasma to her brother Chris. Next to them Andrew, and Hux are talking. Probably about something smart. Or stupid. Part of you always wondered if the reason she liked Hux so much was because she reminded her of Andrew. They both had this awkward energy about them, they both loved debating entirely too much, and they both were extremely mature for their age.
Soon the door rang again. And again. And again. When you were sure nobody else would be coming you walked away to hang out with everyone. You had only met a few of Elaines extended family. You knew her aunt Jas, who was her mother’s sister. You had met her dad’s cousin a few times. You even met her grandmother who she was named after. You were excited to finally meet all her family. People you had only seen in photos or heard stories about were finally in front of you. Right when you were meeting another one of her family members there was a knock at the door. You went to grab it thinking it was some more of her family.
“Hey Y/N!” Matt said as you opened the door.
“What are you doing here man?” you hugged him.
“My brother wasn’t having a party so my family thought we could come, and meet her family.”
Just then you see Han, and Leia coming up behind him they smiled and waved as they walked in. Coming up next was Ben, and he was walking with someone. It was someone you know for sure hadn’t met, but you recognized him in some way. He was the same height as Ben, but he seemed bigger somehow. Ben and the stranger got closer to the door, and you were able to get a clear sight on him. He looked like Ben. A lot like Ben. except his hair went down to his shoulders, and had a bit of curl to it. He had the same broad nose as they did, but he seemed to have more freckles on his face. He didn’t let his facial hair grow out like Ben did. He had the same dreamy brown eyes that all Solo men had. The only thing making his different was the scar that went from his cheek to the middle of his forehead.
“Oh yeah, Y/N meet my brother, Kylo.” Matt announced.
“Nice to meet you.” He said in a monotonous voice.
“Nice to meet you too, I hear a lot about you from this one.” You gesture over to Matt and he smiles.
“Are you the same girl my brother has been crying about?” He asked you. Ben cleared his throat and shoved Kylo inside the house quickly.
“I think you would like Kylo. He’s got super dry humor.” Matt says as he walks in. you follow behind to see how Elaine, and Matt’s parents meeting each other will go. You watch as Elaine and Matt beam during the introductions. It’s so sweet how excited they are to share a family. You walk around to see how everything is going. All the parents were talking in one area, and the rest of her family mingled with your friends. You hear another clap of thunder from outside, and look out the window. You see Hux sitting on the table in the yard. He’s tossing a ball to Gideon, and watching him chase it.
Making your way through the crowd you finally get to the door leading outside. Quietly you open the door, and step out. He’s got the ball in one hand, and something else in another. You get a bit closer to him, and watch as he throws the ball again.
“Hux?” you gently call out. As he turned around to look at you tears fell from his eyes.
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