I carry Willow downstairs, into the kitchen where Peeta is cooking breakfast.
"Good morning to my two beautiful ladies" Peeta chimes as we walk in.
"Good morning" I say. I place a quick kiss on to his cheek and then get Willows bottle, I then sit down at the table and begin to feed Willow.
"Who is mommy’s little princess" I say in my baby voice.
"Willow is" I say. He blue eyes light up. Just like Peeta’s do.
Peeta sets two plates down onto the table, full of fried eggs, tomatoes, bacon and beans. Just before Peeta starts to eat his breakfast there is a knock at the door. It has been happening allot lately, usually just camera men or people desperate to meet us or Willow. After 4 years, I am still not used to walking down a street and having people pint towards me or shout my name. Peeta starts to get up to answer it.
"No. I'll go" I say. I walk down to hallway, towards the door with Willow in my arms. I see a tall figure with dark hair, even though I don't know who it is yet, I know they aren’t a crazy Capitol citizen or a camera man. The key is already in the lock, so I presume Peeta unlocked the door when he came down. I place my free hand onto the handle and open the door. It isn't who I expect it to be.
"Gale" I say dumbly.
I haven't seen him since the day of Snow's assassination, I haven't even had a phone call of him. I have to admit, I don't know how I feel about him suddenly turning up on my doorstep. I don't even know whether I want him to be here. Even if it wasn't his bomb, he didn't mean to kill her. Did he? I want to forgive him, but after the war and everything that has happened. Even that is hard.
"Well, all these reports are true. Thanks for telling me" He says.
"I had no way of contacting you. I would of told you if I could" I say.
"Now may I ask you one question Miss Everdeen"
"Mellark" I correct him.
"Mellark. I thought you never wanted kids"
"I didn't. Then. But things have changed Gale, I mean for a start there was the games. That was the main reason that I never wanted them, but they are over now. And then it was the whole birth I was scared about. But I managed that" I start to shiver a little. I am still in night clothes.
"Well, are you going to stand out there and catch a cold or come in" I ask. I step backwards into the house as he steps in. Peeta has practically finished his breakfast when I get back into the kitchen with Gale.
"Who was i- Oh hi Gale" Peeta says shocked.
"Hi Peeta" Gale says from behind. I sit down and hand Peeta Willow so I can eat my breakfast. Gale sits beside me. He looks healthier from when I saw him the last time.
"So, how have you been? I mean we haven't heard from you in a while" Peeta asks.
"Well I got a job in district 2, after the war ended. So I have been busy with that-" I rudely cut him off.
"What kind of job"
"Oh. Erm…helping design bombs and weapons."
"Why would we need more bombs and weapons. It isn't like we need them anymore" Peeta exclaims.
"Well you never know. I have just designed a bomb for a kid’s birthday party. You press a button and it shoots candy everywhere"
"Anything else happening" I ask.
"Not really apart from I am now happily settled in with my new girlfriend, Shorleine. How are my mother and the kids”
"Oh they are fine, they all miss you though" I say.
I have visited Hazelle's once every so often since the war ended to make sure she is OK and coping with everything because Gale isn't there anymore. The first time I went Posy started clinging onto me before I left, screaming and demanding that she wanted Gale and I was to tell her where he was. Personally I didn't know what to say but Hazelle came told her that Gale was busy in another district but he would come and visit soon. Things started to get better for them after President Paylor started making sure everyone had a fair share of money, a reasonable house and enough food. The last time I went I found out that Rory even has a girlfriend. I will let Gale find out about that himself.
I get up and place my empty plate on the side and get the jug of Orange juice Peeta made last night along with some glasses.
"How come you are back in district 12" Peeta asks.
"Well, I thought it would be nice to visit all of you plus I wanted to see my family"
"Why now? Why not four years ago" I ask.
"Honestly I didn't know where everyone was. So around 9 months ago when you interview with Caesar was aired about you being engaged and pregnant and being back in district 12, I wanted to come and visit but work was demanding allot of me at that time. Also I didn't know whether my family had survived the war" He says.
"Anyway how have you two been" He asks.
"Great, a bit tiered but you can expect that with having a child " Peeta says. Willow wraps her tiny hand around Peeta's large thumb and he kisses her on her forehead.
"Can I hold her" Gale asks. Peeta nods and passes Willow to him.
"I know this might sound stupid, but will you come with me to visit my mother. I don't want to turn up on my own for her to start yelling at me" He asks. I am shocked, Gale has never really been nervous. He has always been some kind of a show off. Always wanted to be noticed.
"Yeah, I think Hazelle is desperate to see Willow" I say. I look at Peeta.
"Well I actually have to drop off an order for Vicks birthday later"
Later on Peeta, Willow, Gale and I head out to Hazelle's. Peeta is hauling a big box with Vicks birthday cake in and I have Willow tight to my chest. People come up to us, asking to hold her but I just simply tell then that she is asleep. If I could, I would yell at them to stop harassing her as she is only a child. When we do get to Hazlles, Peeta goes off to the back to drop of the cake whilst Gale and I go to the front. I knock on the front door and when Hazelle opens it, she is in shock.
"Hi Katniss. G-G-G-Gale, is that you"
"Yeah, it is me mom."
"Oh my god, did you know how worried we were about you. I mean we knew you got a job but you were away for so long I thought you had been captured by the Capitol and had your tongue cut out" Hazelle practically starts sobbing. Gale embraces her into a hug. She pulls away after a few seconds.
"Peeta is in the kitchen" She leads us in, through the house to the kitchen. Peeta is sat at the table.
"This must be little Willow Mellark" Hazelle says.
"Yeah, would you like to hold he?" I ask. She nods her head; I pass Willow over to her.
"You are so cute." She starts cooing.
"I remember when you were in your mommy's tummy." Hazelle says to Willow. There is a knock at the door.
"Well I guess I am popular today. Excuse me" She passes Willow back to me and goes to answer the door. Hazelle walks back in with Rory's girlfriend Emily.
"RORY, EMILY'S HERE" She shouts. Rory comes racing down the stairs and ends up skidding into the kitchen. He ends up crashing into the cupboards. He stands up and brushes of the dust.
"You’re such a show off" Emily giggles.
"Whatever you think" Rory says as he gives her a kiss on the cheek which makes her giggle more.
"Gale, this is Emily Rory's girlfriend and Emily this is Gale Rory's older brother" Hazelle introduces them. Gale doen't have time to say anything before Rory grabs hold of Emilys hand and races out of the house.
We all sit around the kitchen table chatting. Gale tells his mother about what he has been doing in district two all the time. Hazelle tells us about her plans for Vicks birthday party tomorrow. After, she begins cooing over Willow. I give both Hazelle and Gale a hug goodbye when it is time to leave and head out of the front door along with Peeta and Willow.
I feed Willow when we get in and walk upstairs with Peeta to put her into bed. She is surely worn out. She falls to sleep fast, her tiny chest inflating and deflating with each breath she takes, her little arms wrapped around a pink rabbit that Effie got her.
"Night, night Princess" Peeta and I whisper in unison. We quietly creep out of her bedroom.
Peeta and I sit in front of the blazing fire in the living room with mugs of hot chocolate and whipped cream. I lean my head onto Peeta's shoulder. A few tears roll down my cheeks as I remember sitting here with Prim, reading or playing little games like I-spy or noughts and crosses. Oh, how I miss her.
"Peeta, have you ever played a game called I-spy" I ask. He shakes his head. I explain that one person has to pick an object in the room and has to tell the other person the first letter it begins with. For example if i chose table i would have to say "I-spy with my little eye something beginning with 'T'" The other person would then have to guess what the object is.
"I'll go first" I volunteer.
"I-spy with my little eye something beginning with" I look around the room.
"Something beginning with M" I finish. His eyes scam the room. I sit there biting my cheek trying to contain my laughter as the object is right in front of him, on the fire place.
"Marshmallows" He asks. I shake my head.
"Mommy? Map? Mail"
"No. No. And no" I say shaking my head. It takes him forever but soon he catches me looking at something on top of the fire place.
"Mockingjay Pin" He says finally. I nod my head.
"My turn. I spy with my little eye something beginning with 'K'" I already know the answer but I give Peeta the benefit of the doubt and say random things to start with. After a while he gets restless so I say the answer.
"Katniss" He nods his head in approval.
"Why me" I ask.
"Because when you are with me besides Willow, you are the only thing I ever see. You bring light to my life" He says with a smile. I don't say anything I just wrap my arms around his neck and press my lips onto his. The kiss starts of smooth but soon but gradually sends sparks flying. This is a kiss that I don't want to end.
A few minutes later Peeta and I both have to stop, for air. I press my forehead onto his an look in to his dazzling blue eyes.
"I love you Peeta" I whisper.
"I love you too Katniss"