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neutron star collision (love is forever)

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I was searching
You were on a mission
Then our hearts combined like
A neutron star collision

I have nothing left to lose
You took your time to choose
Then we told each other
With no trace of fear that...

Our love would be forever
And if we die
We die together
And lie, I said never
'Cause our love would be forever
muse - neutron star collision (love is forever)

Rey stared into the jewelry case, letting her eyes drift over all the diamond rings on offer. Her gaze lingered on one in particular, and she pointed down at it through the glass. “Can we see that one?”

“Of course,” the employee helping them said, retrieving the ring from the case and handing it over to Rey.

Rey examined it before putting it on her ring finger and seeing how it rested there. She twisted her hand back and forth to see how the light caught the diamonds from different angles before turning to the person she was there with. “This is a good one.”

Finn stepped up next to her and looked at the ring on her finger. “But is it the right one?”

“Only you can decide that,” Rey said, taking it off her finger and handing it over to him. “Surely you know what Jessika would like more than me.”

“But I don't, which is why I brought you along with me,” Finn said, flipping the ring around in his fingers. “What do you think about it?”

“I think it's gorgeous,” Rey said, smiling. “I'd love to have a ring like that on my finger.”

“Call Kylo and you might someday,” Finn countered.

Rey sighed heavily. “Stop or I'm walking out of here now.”

“I think it's ridiculous that you're not even speaking to him,” Finn said, staring down at the ring. “How many times does Jessika have to tell you he's ready for that dinner you promised him?”

“Jessika is his personal assistant. I don't want to hear it from his personal assistant,” Rey said, crossing her arms over her chest. “Not after nearly two and a half years.”

Finn sighed and set the ring down on the counter. “Pick another one out.”

“Finn, that's the tenth ring we've looked at,” Rey pointed out. “Pluck up some courage and pick one out already.”

“If I may,” the employee said, drawing their attention back to him. “Perhaps this one?”

The man took a different ring out of the case and set it down on the counter. Finn picked it up and looked at it from different angles before handing it over to Rey. “Put it on for me?”

Rey took the ring and slid it onto her ring finger, holding up her hand so Finn could see it. The ring was a floral design, with a central diamond and smaller rows of diamonds twisting out from it. Finn reached out and twisted her hand in different directions before breaking out into a grin.

“So, what do you think?” the man asked, and Finn gently took the ring off of Rey's hand and nodded.

“I think I'll take it,” Finn said, and Rey sighed with relief.

“Finally.”

Finn just laughed. “I want it to be perfect.”

“It will be,” Rey said, smiling at him. “And she will say yes.”

“I hope so.”

“Don't hope. Know so.”

Finn took a deep breath. “Alright. She's going to say yes.”

Rey pulled him into a hug. “I'm so happy for you, Finn.”

“Call Kylo,” Finn said softly. “I want you to be as happy as I am.”

Rey pulled back. “Go pay for your ring.”

Finn just rolled his eyes and walked towards where the man had gone with the ring. Rey pulled out her phone and brought up a text, quickly typing out a message.

Jess, if he wants to go to dinner, he's going to have to ask me himself.

A few moments later, she got a response.

He wants to, he's just afraid. He's trying to work through it.

Rey took a deep breath.

Well, until he does, I'm not going to agree to anything, no matter how many times he tries to get you to ask me on his behalf.

She could hear Finn chatting away happily with the salesman and it brought a smile to her face.

Rey, I totally understand. But I'm going to continue to pass along the message because it's my job.

Rey wanted to laugh.

I get it, Jess. I really do.

Finn approached her from behind so Rey slid her phone back into her pocket. “Ready to go?”

“Yes,” Finn said, grinning. “I've got to go hide this before Jessika gets home.”

“Jessika is in New York,” Rey pointed out.

“Yeah, yeah, I know, Kylo's new round of interviews,” Finn said, shaking his head as they walked out of the door. “What made him decide to split the second book into three books anyway?”

“Pressure from the publishing company to get more out there, I think,” Rey said as they approached Finn's car. “From what Luke told me, the book always had three parts anyway, so splitting it wasn't really a problem.”

They got into the car and Finn handed the small bag over to Rey. “Don't lose this.”

Rey laughed and took the bag. “I won't, I promise.”

Finn started the car and pulled out of the parking lot. “Jess told me that he still talks about you like you're his girlfriend.”

“That was an agreement we made,” Rey said. “And you know all about it.”

“Yeah, but that was two and a half years ago when the press attention on him right after the performance with First Order was at its height,” Finn said. “This is different. You two haven't spoken in four months.”

“It got too intense,” Rey murmured, looking out the window. “We both knew it was best to step away before we ruined things before we even started them again.”

“You're really not ready to have dinner with him, aren't you?”

Rey just nodded. “No, I'm not.”

The ride fell silent for a few moments until they stopped at a red light. “I'm sorry for trying to push you,” Finn said. “I just want you to be happy.”

“I'm going to be, I think,” Rey said, turning to look at him with a smile on her face. “But there's a lot that you don't know or understand, and I'm just not ready yet.”

“Okay,” Finn said. “I'll back off.”

“Thank you.”

“Where do you think I should hide the ring?”

They chatted back and forth about where to hide the ring on the rest of the way back to the house, and when they arrived, there was a delivery truck parked in front, a man standing at the door.

“Let me handle this,” Finn said. “Stay in the car.”

Rey nodded and Finn got out of the car, walking over to the man at the door. They conversed for a moment before Finn signed for the delivery and the man headed back to his truck. Once the truck was gone, Finn waved for Rey to get out of the car while he unlocked the door.

When they were both inside and the door was locked, Finn handed over a long box. “Switch you.”

Rey gave him the small bag and took the box to the kitchen counter, carefully opening it and gasping when she saw what was inside. She pulled out the bouquet of tulips, bringing them up to her face to smell them. Tulips were her favorite flower, and she knew without guessing who they were from. She searched for the instructions and put them into a vase with water before reading the card that had been sent with them.

I know it's not tulip season there, but these came straight from the Netherlands where it's almost always tulip season. I just wanted you to know that I'm thinking of you.

Kylo's name was just printed on the card, but she didn't need his signature. Just his name was enough.

“So he sent you tulips,” Finn said as he walked into the room.

“Yes,” Rey said, large smile on her face. “It's a nice first step, I think.”

“Yeah?”

“Yeah.”