We all went to our designers, but before I let Peeta leave to go to his designers I gave him a big hug. "Katniss, it'll be okay I will see you in a few hours."
"I know, but I'm not ready to be without you. I mean where I can't just walk to the other room to you."
"I will see you soon it'll be fine. I promise." He said kissing me.
"Okay." I said when I pulled away.
I went to my Prep team. Flavius, Octavia, and Venia were there and I greeted them with a hug. "We are going to get ride of all of the hair on your body, like usual." Flavius said.
They talked the whole time, but I didn't listen because they weren't talking to me. "All done!" Octavia said. They had me wait in the room until my stylist came in. They wouldn't tell me who it is. They only told me that Peeta has the same stylist as me. When Peeta came in I stood up and walked over to him. Our robes matched. We sat together for a long time until our stylist came in. Mt jaw dropped to the floor when I saw him at the door, Cinna. I saw, bruises, scraps, cuts, cuff prints, and more, he looked horrible, but the second I saw him I stood up, ran to him and stood there hugging him. Katniss it's good to see you." Cinna said to me as I stood there crying and laughing at the same time.
"I'm glad to see you too."
"I hope that it is okay that I am both of your guys stylist. When I heard that it was you two I said I could take of both of you."
"It's fine." I said for the both of us. Peeta finally stood up and came to us and he held me hand.
"How has your guys relationship?" He asked us as he pulled our outfits out.
"Great. We have a child and we are married." I said smiling at Peeta.
"What the child's name?" Cinna asked us.
"Prim. We name her after Katniss's sister that-" He stopped because he knew it upset me.
"That died." I finished for him. I held on to Peeta as if I was going to pace out.
"I'm sorry for your loss." He said.
"It's nothing compared to Peeta's loss." I said forgetting that it hurts.
"I don't want to talk about it." Peeta says before anybody says anything. "My family."
"I'm sorry." I say hugging him tightly.
"Here are your outfits. Why don't you get changed." He said leaving the room so that we could change alone. Peeta and I changed in silence.
"It's okay." He finally said.
"Ready?" I asked him.
"Yeah." he said sighing. We walk to out chariots and Cinna lights us on fire. Our costumes skin tight suits that sparkle and look beautiful when lit on fire.
We rode on the chariots hand in hand. At the end we finished the ride with a kiss. The crowd went wild.
"You can thank Katniss and Peeta Mellark for having to be here tonight." Coin said I wanted to walk up to walk up to her and punch her anywhere. "May the odds be ever in your favor." Coin said leaving.
I saw Johanna across the room and I ran over to her with Peeta behind me. "Johanna!' I said getting her attention.
"Katniss? Peeta? Are you mentoring this year?" She asked.
"Sadly, no. We are tributes."
"No!" Johanna said pulling me into a hug.
"Yes and did you just hug me?" I asked confused.
"Yeah sorry." She said looking at the floor.
"No it's fine, but the Johanna I knew during the war didn't like anyone. You didn't even like me when we spent most of our time in the hospital together." We laughed.
"It was good seeing you again. I'm sorry this is why. Good luck."
"Thanks, but I wont be going home. Peeta is I want him home with our daughter, unless I can get us both home."
"Katniss. I have no one left besides you and Prim. You have friends and family back home."
"Try defying again." Johanna suggests.
"I don't know what else to do." I reply. "I have pulled out berries and blew the arena up."
"If I think of something I will have Haymitch send you a gift with a note." Johanna said to me.
"Thank you." I said to Johanna.
Peeta and I walk over to the elevator. "Katniss."
I interrupted him "no we will talk about it in our room. "
"Fine." Peeta said grabbing my hand.
When we get to the district 12 pent house Peeta and I walk straight to our room. "Peeta you have got to understand that if we can't think of a way to get out together, then your coming out by yourself."
"No! I'm not going to let you die in that arena!" He screamed at me.
"Well, I'm not going to let you die either! And one of us has to die!" I screamed back. I'm sure that anyone on the district 12 floor can hear us.
"YOU"RE NOT GOING TO DIE!" He screamed at me.
Our fighting went on for several minutes before Haymitch stepped in. "Stop fighting! Both of you! You need to calm down and be safe together before your not safe. Think of a way to get you both out of the arena." He said to us.
"Okay." We said.
"Peeta, I'm sorry." I said looking at the floor.
"Katniss, don't be." He said putting his hand under my chin and lifting it up so that I was looking into his beautiful blue eyes.
"I love you." I said hugging him.
"I love you too." He said kissing me.
"Okay love birds come eat." Haymitch said to us.
"I'm not hungry." I say.
"You know I will get the food in you one way or another." Peeta says tickling me.
"Nope." I say giggling.
He picked me up so that I wasn't touching the ground. He carried me, giggling, to the table. He sat me on his lap so that I wouldn't get up and go off to another room. People were staring, but we don't care. "Come on you have to eat something." Peeta said to me.
"Nope." I say giggling still.
"I will force food into your mouth like you are a baby if you don't eat it on your own."
"Fine. I"ll eat." I said taking a bite of my food.
"You two are something alright." Haymitch said.
"Thank you." I said.
After a few minutes of silence Haymitch said "you guys have training at 9 tomorrow morning. Good night I'm off to bed."
"Okay. Good night." I said.
"Are you ready for bed?" Peeta asked me.
"Yeah, but I am showering first."
"Okay." Peeta said carrying me to our room.
After I showered that I have mastered after being in this building for the fourth time. I hoped that I wouldn't that've any nightmares because I was SUPER happy, but of course I had nightmares. My nightmares were about everyone that I have lost trying to kill everyone that I have left. I woke up in Peeta's strong arms. I curled up on his bear chest.
"Katniss it's alright."
"Promise." He said which instantly made me feel better. He gave me a kiss before we laid down to go back to sleep.
In the morning Effie knocked on the door and told us to get up. We get dressed for breakfast and left for breakfast. We had pancakes, orange juice, eggs, sausage, and toast. "Training is in 5 minutes. Go get dressed you two." Haymitch said to us.
"Okay." Peeta said picking me up and spinning me.
"Love birds hurry up and get dressed." Haymitch chuckled.
Our training outfits were sleeveless, black, grey, and orange, and they had our district numbers on them. Peeta and I walked down to the training room hand in hand. We stayed together most of the time, but sometimes we would go to different stations. After training we went upstairs and got ready for our interviews. I was wearing a dress that barely covers my knees. The dress was blue and my high heels were grey. "Spin when you see me twirl my finger. Just somehow bring it up. Ask him if he wants to see you spin." Cinna said to me before Peeta and I left.
Ceasar Flickerman started interviewing everyone. The only person that I paid attention to was Peeta. He looked at me and held my hand, until Ceasar said "Katniss Mellark!" I got butterflies in my stomach.
"Katniss it'll be okay." Peeta said to me. I hugged him and gave him a quick peck on the lips before I went up onto the stage.
"Promise." When he says that I instantly feel better.
"So Katniss, who is the girl that you volunteered for?" Ceasar asked me.
I locked eyes with Peeta. I was at a loss for words. "Well, she is like a sister to me because her brother is Gale and Gale USED to be my best friend."
"Why isn't he still?" Ceasar asked being snoopy, but it's his job and the viewers will want to know.
"Well, long story short he changed, blamed it on me, hurt my Peeta, hurt me, and caused this." I said pointing to my arm.
"Oh my. Do you think that you will make it out of the arena again?" He asked me changing the subject.
"No." I said flatly.
"No? Why?" He asked me surprised.
"Because Peeta is coming out alive to take care of our daughter, Prim." I said to him.
"Wow. You must really love him if you are going to sacrifice you're life for him."
"Yes I do." I said blowing a kiss to Peeta. I could see Cinna twirl his finger. "Do you want to see me spin?" I ask.
"Yes." I was spinning for what felt like forever, but was probably only a minute. I could see the flames rising around me and i could hear the gasps of the capital. I was really dizzy so Peeta came over and helped me sit down. "Katniss Mellark everyone!" Ceasar screamed as the crowd roared.
"Peeta Mellark!" Ceasar said happily. I let go of Peeta's hand and watched him go on stage. "So Peeta, are you going to let Katniss kill herself so that you can go home to your child?"
"No. I want her to win, but she refuses the idea." I looked at his black suit and orange tie.
"She loves you and doesn't want to loose you."
"I lover her and I can't fathom the idea of going home without her."
"Katniss, do you here this?" Ceasar asked me. The cameras pointed at me as I nodded my head. "Peeta Mellark!" He said. "Peeta wait Katniss you should come over here." He said and I got up. Peeta sat back down. There was only one spot so I just sat on Peeta's lap. "What are you guys going to do?" He asked us obviously talking about the games.
"Survive as long as possible." I said starring at the ground.
"What if we can beat you?" Crystal screamed.
"Well, then our daughter will grow up without parents and with her grandma." I said meeting Crystals gaze.
"How will that make you feel? Knowing that you child will grow up without a mother?" Crystal asked me.
"As long as she has her father I think she will be fine. She will probably be better off with Peeta rather than me." I said looking back down at the floor.
"Katniss she needs you." Peeta said.
"And I need you."
"The Star-Crossed Lovers of Panem!" Ceasar screamed.
Peeta and I stood up, held hands and bowed. We walked over to our seats and stood with the rest of the victors. "You're not going to win Mellarks!" Crystal screamed at us. Peeta held my hand so that I wouldn't go over there and punch her.
We went back up to our floor Haymitch says "You two sure are something."
"What's that supposed to mean?" I snapped.
"Haymitch Crystal lite a flame and it is still burning." Peeta said.
"Ah so you are still angry at that tree girl." Haymitch said chuckling.
"She wants to kill us"
"Who doesn't?" Haymitch said.
"Yeah, well, she is different she said it on live TV and to all of Panem."
"When they find out your guys scores I'm sure more people will."
"Is that supposed to make me feel better?" I snapped before I stormed off to the bedroom.
Katniss stormed off and I tried to follow her, but Haymitch stopped me. "Let her have some space. She needs it, but don't give her space in the arena."
"I won't" I said laughing.
It was a long time of silence before Haymitch said "you can go see her now."
"Thanks." I muttered as I bounced off to the bedroom. I found Katniss curled in a ball on the bed crying. "Katniss?" I asked as I slowly walked over to the bed. She said nothing and kept sobbing. I brushed the hair out of her face. She crawled onto my lap and I just cradled her.
After hours of silence Haymitch came in and said "you two need your sleep. Training is 9 tomorrow morning."
"Wait." Katniss said. "I need to talk to you, alone." With that they walked out of the room. I don't now how long it had been, but I had showered, got changed, and lied in bed for what felt like for ever. "Hey." Katniss said as she crawled onto the bed.
"Hi sweetheart." I said pulling her into a kiss. "Do want to tell me why you're going to die for me?"
"Simple. 3 words." She paused to kiss me. "I love you." She said pulling me into another kiss. A kiss that I was hoping would never end. While we kissed she had climbed on top of me. After we pulled away for air, we lied like that staring into each others eyes. I looked into her beautiful grey eyes.
"I don't want to be in that house with our daughter, without you."
"What if," she trailed off. She got up and stared pacing around the room. "What if we were to." She trailed off again. "Come with me." I got up and followed her to the roof. "You have to promise to believe in me, to trust me, to listen to me," I stopped her.
"I promise. I will always do that. Don't fret my pet." I said laughing.
"Okay." She is nervous, I can tell.
"Don't worry. You'll, we'll be fine." I said hugging her.
"Let's go to bed." She said grabbing my hand and leading me to our room.
We were woken by Effie pounding on the door. "Wake up!" She said very chipper. Too chipper for Katniss. I could tell because she tried to squirm her way under me.
"Together?" I asked which caught her attention.
"Yes, together." She said getting up.
We got up and got dressed. Katniss braided her hair. We walked hand in hand to breakfast. "You two are so happy when you guys are going to fight to the death." Some lady that I didn't recognize said.
I knew where this was headed so I said "Katniss." She just got up and walked away. She looked traumatized.
I looked at Haymitch. "Go ahead lover boy, we are in a time crunch." I could hear Haymitch yell at the lady. He said "You had to bring that up? She has gone through it twice and wants to save him! She wants her 3 month old baby girl to have a functioning parent!"
She said "Well, what if they don't win?" That's when I lossed it.
"You have no right to say anything about Katniss!" I screamed at her.
"I said nothing about her, she is atrong. Ateast, she is until you aren't there for her."
"Shut up! Just shut up! She has lost more than you know! She is stronger than you know! She is giving up everything for her daughter that she barely knows! That's more than you will ever do!" I screamed.
"Peeta go find Katniss." Haymitch said.
I saw Katniss in the doorway right as I turned around to leave. She ran to me and hugged me. "Thank you." She whispered.
"For what? Be beyond upset off when someone says something about you." I whispered.
"Yes." She said out loud.
"You two are strange. No body will ever understand you two." That lady had gut.
"You know what that is okay, because we understand each other and lots of other people understand us. And that's all that matters." Katniss said.
We walked away because Haymitch wanted to talk to us. "Nicely played."
"What?" Katniss asked.
"That was a believable act." Haymitch said.
"What act?" Katniss was still confused.
"We weren't acting. That was all true." I said.
"Don't be surprised Haymitch." Katniss snapped.
"Okay. Come eat."
"Okay." Katniss said, but when Haymitch started walking, she hugged me. "I love you and I heard everything."
"I love you too and I know you heard everything. I'm glad you heard everything because, I want to know, is everything Haymitch said true? You want our daughter to have a functioning parent?"
"Yes." Was all that she said before she kissed me.
"Hello love birds come eat." Haymitch said. Katniss glared at him.
"Come on, let's go eat." I said.
"Fine." She said still staring at Haymitch.
We ate breakfast in silence. "Read?" I asked Katniss when she was done eating.
"Okay." She said as she grabbed my hand. We walked down to training together. When the elevator doors opened everyone stared at us. Just like yesterday Katniss started following me around learning as much as she could. She couldn't do anything because of her arm.
"Katniss Mellark." I heard. All knew was some scary guy who was from the capital guy was calling for me. I shyly walked over there. "We are going to fix your arm. Come with me."
"No." He looked astonished. "I'm not going unless Peeta comes."
"Fine." He muttered. "Peeta Mellark." Peeta bravely walked over here and I gave him a big hug.
"Hi. What's going on?" Peeta asked me.
"They are going to fix my arm and I wouldn't come unless you came." I said leaning my head on his shoulder.
They had me lay down on a bed and gave me drowsy Medicean. I screamed in pain before I fell asleep. When I woke up Peeta was still at my side holding my hand. "Hey girly." Peeta said to me.
"Good she is awake." I couldn't tell who was talking until they came into view, Gale.
"What are you doing here?" I asked.
"Well, I am the head games maker."
"What?" I screamed.
"Coin wanted me to be head games maker." He paused. "You guys can go back to training now."
"Okay." Peeta said.
We walked back down to the training room hand in hand. Like usual when we walked in everyone stared. "I want to shot some arrows. It's not like people haven't seen me shoot before."
"Okay let's go." Peeta said.
We walked over there and they started to talk about the bow. I went over picked up a bow and shot all 5 targets on the bulls eye. Then, the targets started moving. I got bulls eyes on all of them. "Wow. You can really shoot."
"Yeah." I said.
"Yes you can." Peeta said pulling me into a hug.
"Lunch is ready!" The cook called. We got to sit anywhere and by anyone. I sat down alone with Peeta and James came and sat by us.
"Hey Peeta, hey hottie." James said. Which made me smile and blush. Peeta laughed. "You guys want to be allies with Crystal and me?" He asked. I swear my heart stopped. Peeta could tell.
"You okay?" He whispered in my ear. I nodded.
"A do guys want to team with us." This time I laughed.
"Crystal hates me she wants to kill me." I replied.
"Yes I do." Crystal said.
"See?" I asked. "Sorry, but I'm going to decline."
"Me too." Peeta said.
"What if it was just me?" He asked.
"He really likes you." Peeta whispered in my ear.
"That's a first." I quietly laughed in his ear.
"What? Someone liking you? That hurts Katniss, that really stings."
"You and a few others are the only ones to like me." I said.
"Do you guys want to include me or be alone?" James asked.
"Oh a sorry." I said.
"5 more minutes of lunch!" Someone yelled.
"I'll give you guys sometime to think about me being your ally." Ally sat in the air while he got up and walked over to Crystal.
"What do you think?" Peeta asked me.
"I don't want to team with him, but if you think that he'll be good, then, I'll say yes." I said pulling Peeta into a kiss.
"Let's wait to see his score." Peeta said pulling away.
"Okay." I said.
"Get back to training!" The same person yelled.
We walked around training until training was over at 5. We went upstairs and ate. I was completely silent for the longest time. "Katniss are you okay?" Haymitch asked me.
"I said are you okay?"
"Yeah I'm fine. Why do you ask?" I asked him.
"Because you are quiet and you are pecking at your food."
"I'm not hungry and I'm tired that's all. I think that I will go lie down." I said. Haymitch probably told Peeta not to come in right away because he didn't come in for a while.
When he came in he put pajamas on and said "do you want to put pajamas on?" I nodded and he handed me pajamas. We got changed and snuggled up in bed. "What are you thinking about beautiful?" He asked me.
"Well, think about this really handsome guy, who is the nicest person you could ever meet, and he is a great cook. You should meet him sometime." I giggled. He seemed kind of angry.
"Where would I meet this guy?" He asked.
"Well, if you go look in the mirror you will see him" I said smiling.
"Oh okay." He said. He look relived.
"Why would I like someone that isn't you?" I asked him.
"I don't know."
"Good. See there is no reason to think that I like someone other then you."
"Yeah." He sad like he was falling asleep.
"Goodnight." I said curling up next to him.
The next day was our last day of train. We trained all day. We did a little bit of everything. When we were done training we went upstairs to eat. "Did you train you hearts out?" Haymitch asked jokingly.
"No Haymitch we sat on the floor all day." I said sarcastically.
"Oh okay." Haymitch said. Peeta went to our room and changed. Then we went to eat dinner. We were all quiet will we ate. I gazed into Peeta's beautiful blue eyes.
When we were done eating we went to bed. "You guys better get lots of sleep because you will need every bit energy that you can get tomorrow."
"So no party?" I asked laughing.
"Katniss! How can you joke at a time like this?" Someone asked me, but I didn't care to look to see who it was.
"I have survived the games twice and this is my 4th time being up here for something that I have no clue on what is going to happen to any of my loved ones. With some things you just learn to joke about them." I said walking away. I never did make eye contact with whoever I talked to and was talking to me. I didn't want to know.
"Katniss you won't come out I can promise you that." They said trying to get a rise out of mw and it worked.
"I know I won't come out alive, but Peeta will."
"No. Crystal will win." They said. I turned around at them and punched them across the face knocking them to the ground.
"No! Peeta will win! He will get out alive!" I screamed with tears rolling down my face. I felt arms holding me, but I couldn't stop crying and screaming. I could tell it was Peeta because I could feel his soft, but strong arms. He carried me to our room. He eventually calmed me down and I stopped crying. "You-you are going to win." I stuttered.
"I can tell you that Crystal won't win okay?"
"Okay." I said.
We fell asleep curled up. We woke up to Effie knocking on the door. "Are you ready to face the day?" Peeta asked me with his beautiful smile. His smile bright like the sun.
"Only if you are there." I said smiling back at him.
"Well," he said. I playfully hit him in the arm. He fell back, "ow Katniss that really hurt. I think I might need mouth to mouth now." He made me laugh. I climbed on top of him and kissed him.
"All better?" I asked him.
"I don't know. Are you ready to get judged?" He asked still messing with me.
"Nope. Are you going to be down there with me every second, until one of us gets called?" I asked looking into his beautiful blue eyes.
"Well, were else would I be?" He asked.
"Don't know, that's why I was asking." We finally got out of bed, got dressed, and walked to breakfast.
"The lovebirds are here." Haymitch said smiling.
An Avox that I have never noticed before came in with beer and I looked Haymitch square in the eye. "No." I said to him and he understood.
"Fine." We ate and then headed downstairs. We sat there talking will everyone got called.
"Peeta Mellark." I heard and my heart sank.
"I love you. Do good. Get a 12." I said to him.
"I love you too." He said pulling me into a hug and then into a kiss.
"Do good when it is your turn." He said to me before walking out. I don't know why, but it took him 5 minutes.
"Katniss Mellark." I walked out with my head held high. "When ever you're ready Ms. Mellark."
I walked over to the bow and arrow station and pulled a dummy to the center of the room. I got a bow and arrow and red paint. "This will be you guys if Peeta dies." I said. Then put the red paint on the end of an arrow and shot it. Right in the heart. I curtsied, said "thank you," and left.
When our scores came up I didn't pay any attention until Peeta's came up, 11. "Peeta that's awesome." I said curling up even closer to him. When mine came up my jaw dropped to the floor. 12. "H-h-how?"
"Good job Katniss." Peeta said to me.
"Thanks. All I did was tell them that I would kill them if you-you."
"Katniss it's okay you don't have to finish." Peeta said hugging me. "Come with me."
"Okay." I said following him up to the balcony.
"Any plans?" He asked me.
"Well, try our best, or-or,"
"Or what Katniss?"
"Or team up."
"You don't want to, do you?"
"No, but if it keeps you alive, then I'm all for it."
"Katniss if you don't want Allies, then we won't have them." He replied looking into my grey eyes with his majestic blue ones.
"Do you want Allies?"
"Be honest." I said interrupting him.
"Fine. Yes I do, but if you don't," I put my finger on his lips.
"We can have Allies."
"Are you sure?"
"Yes. We'll take James's offer.
"Okay. Are you tired?" He asked me.
"Yeah." I said yawning. Peeta picked me up and carried me down to bed.
"Tomorrow will be just fine." Peeta said coming out of the bathroom after his shower. "Are you going to shower?"
"Yeah." I said getting up.
"Okay. Don't feel rushed." He said pulling me close.
*20 Minutes Later*
"Hey." I said walking out of the bathroom.
"You must be the most fashionable person I know." Peeta said laughing. He was laughing because I am wearing grey shorts, with a long sleeve blue short, knee high fuzzy, mismatched socks, and braided hair.
"What. You don't like my fashion choice?"
"I love it, but I love you more." He said as I climbed into bed next to him.
There was a sudden pounding at the door. I clutch onto Peeta. "Sorry to interrupt, but I thought that you would want to know. Tomorrow you guys won't be going onto the Arena. Tomorrow will be a day where family can visit and you can visit others." Haymitch said.