Title: Will You Marry Me?
Summary: "I've loved you since I was five years old. I never thought I'd have the guts to speak to you but the games threw us together. As much as I hate them, everything they portray, I can't help but feel thankful. They brought me to you, I will love you forever, I promise we'll always be together"
POV: Katniss Everdeen
Disclaimer: I don't own the Hunger Games, all rights to Suzanne Collins
My eyes flutter open and I can hear mockingjays singing outside the window. My mind flips to last night and my fingers reach up to smooth my lips.
"The groom isn't supposed to see the bride the night before the wedding" I say imitating Effie. I don't really care, I need Peeta to be close to me right now. He smirks and pulls me into his strong arms. "I don't care" he says before our lips connect.
This is it, the day I become Katniss Mellark. Before the rebellion, I dreaded this day, having to marry someone I didn't love. But now, I know I love him and can't wait to become his wife. I smile and spread my arms against the mattress. I giggle before throwing my legs over the edge and pulling a robe over Peeta's shirt. When my feet hit the rich carpeted floor I think that this is my last morning in this house. When we got engaged we built a house, a perfect house, right on the meadow.
"I want this house to be ours, perfect in every way" he says. The pencil balanced behind his ear makes it hard to suppress a giggle. I think it is perfect, stone walls, smooth wooden floors and comfortable furniture. No, Peeta's talking about the colour of the kitchen counters. He takes everything so seriously.
I glance down at my left hand, my engagement ring stands out. With Peeta's pearl from the second arena and two diamonds, it is very special to me, to both of us. I remember the day he gave it to me like it was yesterday.
Peeta had been acting weirdly all day, twiddling his thumbs so much that when he suggested a walk to the meadow I agreed quickly, maybe he just needs some fresh air I thought. When we reached the beautiful daisy filled clearing Peeta dropped to his knee and pulled out the ring. "Katniss Everdeen, I've loved you since I was 5, I'm so lucky to have you love me back, we've been through everything together, I really want you to become my wife, will you do me the great honour of marrying me?" I just crumbled into his arms shouting "YES, YES, YES!"
Smiling I walked into the bathroom and started to run the shower. I was interrupted by a knock on the door. Who's here? Not mum? I gingerly opened the door and was surprised to be greeted by Effie Abernathy
"Do you, Haymitch Abernathy, take thee, Effie Trinket, to be your lawfully wedded wife?" Haymitch stared into Effie's eyes before firmly saying "I do."
and my prep team; Octavia, Flavius and Venia. The smirk at my shock and pull me from the room. "Where are you taking me?" I ask as they lead me through the house and towards the garden. "Well," says Venia, "Wehaveaportablebeautysalonmadejustforyouandthisday" Flavius gushes. Venia scowls and says "yes, what he said. We brought our beauty van, to prep you for the wedding" she says, finishing with a smile. Octavia giggles and squeezes my empty palm. "We couldn't be more excited for anything" she says.
R-i-i-i-p! I grit my teeth as Venia yanks a strip of fabric from my leg, tearing out the hair beneath it. "Sorry!" she pipes in her silly capitol accent. "You're just so hairy!"
I stifle a grin as I remember how different they looked back then. How much they irritated me, now they've become my friends. They take my twitching mouth as excitement as excitement and drag me onto a giant bright pink trailer.
A few hours later there's a knock at the door and Effie taps off in her heels to answer it. "Oh do come in Mrs Everdeen" I hear Effie shrill. "Please, call me Poppy" I hear mum's calming voice answer. Then she appears at the door carrying a small pink box I recognise to be Prim's crystal hair slides.
"Katniss, your not doing it right" Prim moans as I push another slide onto her head. The sparkling silver is slipping through my fingers every time I pick one up and I've just about had it, "fine, do it yourself" I say leaving the room. I've only been in my room 5 minutes when she patters in. She climbs onto the bed beside me and my arms automatically reach out to envelope her in them. "I'm sorry" she mumbles. "it's okay" I say before planting a kiss on her head.
My eyes cloud over a little as mum walks over and says "I'm gonna do your hair with these, if that's okay?" I nod and she moves behind my and her fingers quickly start working. When she's done Flavius beams and Octavia brings over a hand mirror. Venia positions another behind my head and I can see my reflection. Mum's pinned my hair up like she had for the reaping and slipped the slides in-between the braids. I grin and reach up to wrap my arms around her neck. "it's beautiful" I murmur into her ear.
Peeta nervously bites his fingernails as the phone rings in his ear, he's ringing Mum to tell her we're engaged. I reach out and take his hand in mine and squeeze gently.
Mum couldn't have been more happy for us, Peeta's face was the picture of relief and I couldn't help but laugh as I kissed his cheek.
Another 20 minutes later I'm standing in front of another mirror, looking at a beautiful 28 year old woman in a stunning dress. The sweetheart neckline has lace along the right side, it flows out mid thigh into rippling chiffon. Peeta's locket around my neck and a flower bracelet on my wrist. "Wait" Effie says handing Venia a flimsy blue slip, "don't forget your garter" she says. Venia pulls up my skirt and slips it up my leg and onto my thigh. What that for? I soon forget when mum walks in. She looks beautiful. In a cream, dress suit and a pale pink hat. She kisses me gently on the cheek and says "see you soon" she says with a subtle wink. I stand up in my heels and walk out onto the street. There's a white car with a big blue ribbon and a chauffeur standing at the door. "M'aam" he says as he helps me in. Haymitch's eyes cloud over for a moment and he reaches for my hand, "you look beautiful" he whispers and kisses me gently on the cheek.