Ben Weston and Ciara Brady knew of each other before their first meeting. As Ben prepared to leave Salem to start a new life, he came across Ciara on the outskirts of Salem. She had crashed her motorcycle and needed medical attention, per She Knows Soaps. Ben took Ciara to the infamous cabin where he had once held his former girlfriend Abigail hostage and proceeded to take care of her. The two bonded during the traumatic experience, and when Ben was accused of setting the cabin on fire, Ciara defended him.
Ben and Ciara went on to create a strong friendship, and Ciara invited Ben to move into her apartment with her and her boyfriend Tripp Dalton, which caused tension between her and Tripp. The two shared many close moments while living together, and Ben revealed that he had feelings for Ciara. The feeling seemed to be mutual and after Ben fixed Ciara’s motorcycle, she started to fall hard for him. Not long after, the pair officially became a couple. However, it wasn’t a happily ever after for the duo.