On the walk back to her room, Maeda maintained her smugness as she ran into other staff members, her heels clicking against the linoleum floor. She knew they were looking at her, she was relishing the attention. She was no longer embarrassed or afraid.
She did, however, wonder what the fuck she was going to tell Nomi and Juno, as visions of what happened last night flashed through her mind.
As the doors opened, it became apparent Juno was the only one there. She was sitting at one of the mirrors, maintaining her curly hair.
“Oh my stars, I was so worried about you” Juno said with a laugh, turning around.
“Worried?” Maeda asked.
Juno gestured towards her bruised face.
“Oh” Maeda swallowed.
The two girls stood in silence, staring at each other.
“Where’s Nomi?” Maeda finally spoke.
“Oh! She’s fine, she just left to grab food” Juno remarked, glad to have something to talk about.
“Is that his shirt?” she added.
Maeda held it up, poking fun at how comically large it was in her hands.
Juno gave a weak smile.
“So...everything’s going well between you two?” She sighed, sitting down on her bed.
Maeda thought carefully about her words.
“well. I don’t know exactly” she admitted.
“This is all so new to me, I hardly know what’s going on” she sat next to her.
Juno began to stroke her hand.
“I know...” she said, quietly.
Maeda trembled as she relaxed into Juno’s touch. She was breathless. She realized how many people in her life handled her so carefully. And yet, she only wanted Kylo...only him.
Maybe, she thought. Maybe she’d give this a try, though.
“you know, Maeda” Juno began.
“I really....enjoy having you around” her voice cracked, but in the darkness of the room it was too hard to tell if she was crying.
Maeda didn’t respond, she just turned to her and pulled her into a kiss.
The two backed away, breathless.
Juno pulled her in again, this time, a much longer kiss.
Then, Maeda could hear it, Juno’s thoughts.
Please, please don’t let anyone take her, she thought.
Not only did the sentiment warm Maeda, it made her suddenly remember what she learned that morning.
“Wait” she gasped, pulling away, “wait Juno, stop”
Juno instantly jumped away from her.
“I’m so sorry...” she began, embarrassed.
“No, Juno” Maeda assured her, smiling. “I have to tell you something”
Juno’s confidence returned.
“What is it?” She asked, breathless.
Maeda didn’t hesitate.
“I’m force sensitive”
Juno didn’t respond, she just shook her head.
“I’m serious, Juno. I overheard Ren talking about it this morning. I can hear your thoughts, Juno. I’m force sensitive!” She elaborated, nervous.
“Wow...” Juno gasped. “That’s so great for you. I mean, ha. You’re never gonna have to live this life again” she added, tears building in her eyes.
Maeda felt her blood pressure rising, realizing the implications of this for the first time.
“What do you mean?” She asked dumbly.
“Well...I cant think of many force sensitive sex slaves” Juno said matter-of-factly.
Suddenly, the doors flew open and Nomi entered with a bag of food in hand.
“Nomi!” Juno exclaimed.
“Huh?” The girl replied.
Juno and Maeda looked at each other.
“I’m force sensitive” Maeda stated. She was beaming.
“Oh...my stars” Nomi said, dropping the bag.
She ran up and tackled the two girls, hugging them.
The three laughed.
“You aren’t playing me right now?” She asked.
Maeda shook her head no.
“Oh my stars, Mae” Nomi repeated.
“You don’t think that’s why there was a bounty out for you?”
Maeda gasped, nodding.
She was about to speak out, before the door opened again. A storm trooper was standing there.
“Maeda. Gather your things, and come with me” he spoke monotonously.
The three girls looked at each other, full of fear.
“3 minutes” he said as the door closed in front of him.