Back at District 12

Whilst Katniss is off fighting for her life in The Hunger Games, what's happening back at home? What is Gale feeling about Katniss' relationship with Peeta? He's watching it all back home,but what is he thinking?


3. The bread

I climb the hills to our place, a rock ledge overlooking a valley. A thicket of berry bushes protects it from unwanted eyes. I had only just arrived when I saw her. She only ever smiled in the woods, I told her again and again.

'Hey Catnip' I had called her Catnip ever since I first met her because she mumbled her name 'Katniss' but I thought she said Catnip. Then a crazy lynx started following her around the woods looking for handouts, so it became my official nickname for her. She eventually killed the lynx because it was scaring off game. Katniss felt guilty ever since. I would try and comfort her but she'd always reject it.

How long had I been staring at her? I need to stop staring at girls. Seriously.

'Look what I shot.' Trying to change the subject. I held up the loaf of bread I just picked up from the Mellark's, with an arrow through it. She laughed at my attempt of a joke and took the warm bread out of my hands. She pulls the bread up to her nose and took in a long breath. Her beautiful eyes meet mine as she looks up from the warmth in her hands.

'Mm, still warm,' Her nose creases, her perfectly round freckles disappear for a second. Her dimples denting daintily in her cheeks as she takes one last sniff, she hands me back the bread. Our hands touch and her skin is hot where she'd been holding the bread.

'What did it cost you?'

'Just a squirrel. Think the old man was feeling sentimental this morning. Even wished me luck,' Reaping day.

'Well, we all feel a little close today, don't we?,' She's right. She's always right. I love her for it.

'Prim left us cheese,' Katniss' little sister, Prim, has a goat called Lady. My face lit up, discovering we have cheese.

'Thank you, Prim. We'll have a real feast.'

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