When Ben Solo was nine, Han had brought the boy with him to Scotland. Supposedly they were on vacation touring the enchanting Edinburgh, vibrant Glasgow and Cultural Stirling( is what han said to leia) but in all actuality, Han Solo was on a job along with his former comrades Lando Calrissian and Chewie. Treasure Hunting.
"listen up kid.."Han had started while depositing little Ben on a boulder near the seaside of St. Andrews Castle.
"daddy's gonna do some dipping with uncle Lando...so i want you to be seated on this rock until i come back.."he stared at the boys eyes seriously. "uncle chewie is there." pointing to the big hairy irishman-- all long hair and beard, setting some things which looked like big monitors and camera at the back of the van.
"don't stray away out of your uncle chewies eyesight, okay?" the black haired boy nodded silently to his father and the older Solo smiled at his son. "that's my good boy" he ruffled his little boys hair earning him a peal of laughter from the tyke. Han dash towards his waiting friend on the sea, looking back at his son for the last time "remember, no straying or the mermaids will kidnap and eat you" he shouted before putting on his diving head gear and giving Ben a thumbs up.
Ben had watched his dad and uncle lando go further into the sea until they went below it,only then did he looked at his surroundings. The ruined castle of St. Andrews was beautiful and somewhat magical just like those royal knight and Fairy stories his mother tells him. Having a very curious mind and spirit of an adventurer young Ben went down the boulder wanting to explore the place. "Uncle Chewie, i wanna look around the castle" he called out.
"your dad said no straying." the hairy man replied in a gruff irish accent while busying himself with the gadgets inside the vehicle.
"I won't be, i'll be near..promise..." little Ben pleaded
"Sorry Kiddo, daddy said no"
"but uncle chewie..."
Chewie took off his headset and look back at the little raven haired boy.
"Merrows lad, this place has them."
"merrows?" Ben questioned
"merrows, muruchs, mermaids..they are spalpeen creatures,.they lure with a song, seduce you with their looks then kidnap you or eat you.." Chewie explained loudly then turned back to the black and white monitor showing the image of what looks like a shipwreck underwater. He was monitoring Han and Lando under the sea.
"You believe those?" Ben shouted incredulously.
"Yes laddie, im irish" Chewie yelled back.
“And what about Dad and uncle Lando?” Ben gestured to the monitor screen. “Won't they be in danger?”
“That's what the harpoons are for,” chewie points to the sharp spears lined on the trucks door “ and they have ear plugs stuck on their ears so they’re fine. They're pros”
"oh fine..." Ben squat on the sand and leaned his back on the boulder, staring at the violent waves of the open sea "killjoy." he huffed crossing his arms, listening to the crashes of water, hearing nothing more but the sound of it.
From out of nowhere or was it only from his imagination. Ben heard singing.
It was a very beautiful and alluring sound and he had never heard such enchanting voice before in his whole young life. The song was somewhat in an echo, like being carried by the wind for him to hear, completely drowning the sound of the crashing waves. his curiosity peak up again or more like he was compelled to follow it. The boy looked at where his uncle Chewie was, who seemed very busy and possibly wouldn't know if he was gone for 10 minutes. He followed the singing.
Although Bens not sure where but his feet seems to know where to go-- following through ruins and fallen debris on the seaside not realizing he had strayed further from the ruined castle.
Up ahead, He saw sharp and rough edged cliffs, his feet seems to carry him there beyond the small arch at the foot of the cliff. When his feet hit water, Ben halted, the singing is still there but there was no more sandbars. He was contemplating if he should continue going beyond the arch. Just a few more steps and he'll cross it.
" what if the water is deep.." the boy had thought alarmingly. As if sensing his hesitation, the song change its tune to something like a sweet,loving caress. The wind seems to touch ben's face, pulling, charming,encouraging the boy towards the arch. Ben's feet seemed to have its own mind again and began to tread the shallow water.
Beyond the arch was a little circular pool connected to the sea and what greeted the almost ten year old was something he had never imagined of seeing in his entire life.
In the pool, sitting like a nymph goddess; just like the one of the paintings his mother had back home was the most beautiful creature Ben had ever seen.
Slender fish tail with scales shining like diamonds, long brown tresses flowing freely in the slender neck and sun kissed shoulders, covering the pert breast a little. the ends of its hair dipped in the cool crystal clear water, the strands dancing under the cerulean liquid. Hazel eyes had widen for a moment then she was looking at the little boy again with akin to realization. Her wet pink lips still singing softly, words in language he cannot understand.
"you...you're a mermaid!." Ben had said in awe not minding the nakedness of the creature in front of him.
The mermaid stopped singing and smiled, showing its little fangs.
"i was suppose to lure a man, instead a little boy came." she sigh-tease a little. "but i guess it's you" he gesture for the boy to come closer but Ben shook his head and crouch at the rocky edge of the pool. "you might eat me if i come closer." Ben stated.
Rey laughed at the little boy. He was such a cute dangly lad with funny looking ears, messy dark wavy hair and curious golden brown eyes. The little pool beyond the archway wash one of her favorite spot and no merfolk or finfolk goes to this place anymore. It was a good place to practice singing her heartsong. A song to be heard and sung only to her future intended. That's why she was surprised when the wind had pull something like a thread being tugged from her chest. ' my Soulmate is at the end of it ' she just knows it, feel it. The older merrows or mermaids had told her so “ Rey, you’ll know it when you find your other half...you will feel the pull..” she felt giddy and scared at the same time( she wasn't sure what creature her soulmate would be, it could be a merfolk,fae or human)
She expected a grown up male...she was shocked to see a boy.
The boy was looking at him with wide curious eyes and an open-mouth expression. "you have a beautiful laugh too er...maam?" Ben blurted honestly, his cheeks reddening a bit.
Rey chuckled ' such a cutie'
"Why thank you..." she tilt her head as If asking for his name.
"Ben." the little boy had said softly and shyly
"Ben.. ." she tried his name on her lips, still looking at him in the eye. Wordlessly,the boy nodded.
She swam closer to him slowly so as not to frighten him. "i won't bite" she said holding out her hand to him. Ben hesitantly put his to her cold, wet hands(which is not pruning and somewhat glistening in the sun, ben had thought in awe), she smiled again"Im Rey. ...."with a hint of mischievousness, he pulled little Ben closer until their face was only inches away-- wide innocent golden brown eyes to otherworldly gold and green ones,"...your future wife."