Sacrifices Must Be Made

Breathe in. Breathe out. I am Katniss Everdeen. I come from District 12. I survived the Hunger Games. Then I escaped. The Capitol wanted me dead. So now, there is no more District 12. But they said that about District 13, and boy were they wrong. There was a revolution, and I was their centerpiece. They used me to get back at the Capitol. We destroyed the Capitol and then I destroyed our leader, Coin. As you can see, I have quite a story. But there's more. So much more.


13. Parties and Much More

Katniss POV

UGHHH! I can't believe that I have to go with Gale to a stupid party and prepare a stupid speech. I just wish that I could talk to him normally but of course, I messed everything up between us. And he already has a girlfriend! And a pretty one at that. Well, I'm going to have to talk to him somehow...

I walked up to the door of his room and knocked. "It's open!" he shouted. I walked timidly inside and stared at my feet. "Er, hi. I just needed to say that I'm sorry for making everything so awkard..."

"Hey, it's okay. Whatever reason you did it, you did it and now its over with, so now it's less likely to happen." He smiled at me.

"Then, lets just pretend like it never happened and just go back to normal." I said.

"I'm not quite sure what you're referring to." He winked and I rolled my eyes at him. I left the room with a stupid grin on my face. What's wrong with me? I don't know if i still have feelings for him but i'm going insane. I'm a mother and I'm acting like a teenager who's going crazy for their first love. Maybe this is just what happens when the guy that you're married to dies and you live with your second choice. Weird.

Speaking of being a mother, I went to go check up on the kids. They were still sleeping at 2 in the afternoon. Since i didn't have anyone to clean up after, I went to work on my speech. The party is tonight so I needed to get a move on. I was utterly stuck. I was supposed to talk about how Panem was new and improved and thriving into something better. But I needed to talk about the truth as well. Even though we had gone through a tough time, the problems wouldn't stop there. There are other things going on, like Coin. I new that I had to stop her somehow but I needed to wait for her next move. Come to think of it, a perfect time to strike would be at the party tonight. I needed to keep an eye open. 

There was a sudden knocking on the door and then Effie burst through the front door with my old prep team behind them. "Effie! Octavia, Flavius and Venia! It's so good to see you guys!" I launched myself at them and we toppled to the ground. "Katniss! My dearest, it's lovely to see you again!" Effie dabbed her eyes with a handkerchief. Gale and Christine came to greet them and we all settled around the living room. We talked for a while and explained that I was living with Gale and his girlfriend with my kids. "Where's Peeta?" Effie asked.

"Er..." I couldn't decide whether to tell her the truth or the lie....

"Peeta is sick. He's contagious with a disease and Katniss and her children weren't supposed to stay with him. But the doctors are taking care of him and he should be better soon." I was surprised to hear Christine speak up for me. I needed to change the subject quickly. 

"So, where's Haymitch?" I asked.

"Oh, he will be at the party. We just came to get you ready. Where is Portia?" Effie said.

"I didn't know she was coming." I cocked an eyebrow.

"She's going to be your stylist, your prep team will...prep you and I will see how much you remember from our ettiquette lessons. I have prepared your speech." I sighed. More lessons from Effie, but at least I don't need my own speech. "Now, time to turn you into something magnificent!" Flavious exclaimed.

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