Her Choice

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After their adventure in the games are finished, Katniss Everdeen flees from everything she has ever encountered. She is accompanied by her accomplice Gale Hawthorne. Together they face the struggles of raising a baby in their early twenties. Gash the baby was their trigger. They were both considered an embarrassment to society. Therefore, the family relocated to District 2. Will Peeta win her back? Will he have to face the the love of his life with his worst rival?

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10. The Damage is Done

~1 week later~

I still haven’t heard from Katniss. Which was my overall guess. I wouldn’t blame her…but I can’t stand the guilt. Although, it’s only half my fault. What’s left of ,me, I still can’t manage to contact her. Even if she does respond the look of disapproval damages me the most. Victor’s village is buzzing about the gamekeeper being killed. Honestly, i think it was murder. He was involved in ‘our’ plan. Actually a very large portion of it. I hope Katniss didn't go through with it. Everyone who doesn't have all day to calculate what happened assumes its just an overdose. It’s possible but not true. Knowing myself I can’t take that risk.

    Before I got my courage up I tried to persuade Finnick to be with me. He can’t be bothered with apparently.

“I have much better things to do than watch you get humiliated. “ he stated. In other words he meant suck it up. That moment under the domes resurfaces. I was clearing the way, and suddenly I severed a force field. The impact was so catastrophic my heart stopped for a few seconds.

“You were dead!” Katniss chanted. The first words I heard when I resurrected. Finnick was the hero in this scenario. This may sound insane and abnormal but currently I wish I was still in the games.  Katniss would still be in my presence. Maybe if we had a chance to do it over, Mags wouldn’t have sacrificed herself. Joanna and I wouldn't of been abducted. Finnick always had my back.

"Oh, Peeta, don't make me sorry I restarted your heart." Finnick would always remind me whenever I got his nerves. I mentally chuckled. and replied,

“Thats really getting old.” 

I finally got back in touch with Haymitch. I couldn’t exactly track him down because he would be in the hospital and then back mentoring in the games. He was admitted into the hospital because of his alcohol problem. Effie set down some rules. I have got to say I was surprised.  Why didn’t anyone care about his addiction before as much. As I recall Katniss and I were fed up with his nonsense. She stated,

“I am not going to just lounge around while you are drinking your life away. If you can’t cut down then I don’t want to be involved with you anymore. Especially with all of the tributes in our presence. You are supposed to be setting a good example. Moreover, people look up to you. In other words, you are their romdel. I want you to act like one, ” Haymitch didn’t obey her wishes exactly. He wanted to see how far she could go. As usual he would chug right in front of her. The next day she ignored him. He decided to check himself in for detox. I overheard that he promised he would clean up his act for her. I think his reasoning was also impacted because everyone found out. People with the higher authority were threatening to banish him from the games. If he would no longer take part in the games, he wouldn’t be able to stay at Victor Village anymore. My phone was in my grasp I found his contact and my finger hovered over the call option. Quickly tapping it I awaited to hear an audible voice.

“Is someone dying?” he answered.

“No...” I replied carefully. I was beginning to regret calling. At the same time I was wondering why he answered like that but it was Haymitch.

“Then it is not my concern,” he countered harshly.

“Haymitch its importan-,”

“Wait, Peeta is that you?”

“Yes!” I enthusiastically said.

“Well, what’s the damage?”

“By now I bet you have heard about the whole ordeal regarding Katniss and I.” I formally beckoned.

“You got that right kiddo, the entire world most likely has known about this at this point.”

“How much do you know? Not all of our life was covered in the news.” I tested.

“I know up to your ‘plan.”

“What?! How do you know that much? Katniss convinced me not to tell anyone else.” I puzzled.

“Keep in mind I have done favors for both of you before. Daily I maintain a good friendship.”

“Really? Have you conversed with her today?”

“No, not yet.”

“Do you have a schedule or something like 6pm sharp call Katniss.”

“I don’t believe I am that predictable.”

“How is the mentoring going? Paying it forward.”

“Slowly but surely. Anyway since we are on this topic, I need to tell you something. I have came to the conclusion that I need more help than a hospital can provide. As a result, I will be starting a rehab process. “

“How did this involve me exactly?”

“Right, I need you to cover for me,” Haymitch said hastily.

“You want me to lie for you?” I said as I was scratching my forehead.

“No wow you are not very smart. How did you survive the hunger games again? Oh, yeah I helped you.” He said answering his own question. “You want me to mentor?!” I asked in horror.

“That is correct,” I could almost see him nod.

“I can’t do it by myself though,” I replied in confusion.

“I know thats why I mentioned the idea to Katniss yesterday.” Haymitch chuckled.

“You did what? Why? What did she say?” I integrated.

“Hold on, which question first?”

“My last one.” I badgered.
“She said, I will have to ponder it. Who else will you ask? I answered you. The line went dead then she immediately shouted NO! The next thing I know I am talking to myself.” I did the same that Haymitch just explained Katniss did.

A/N the title is subject to change it was a spur of the moment thing. Sorry for not updating yesterday even when you met my challenge. I was writing. Elizabeth

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