The Friday before Effie's birthday finally creeps up. Peeta and I are packed and ready to go; I just need to drop Buttercup of at Greasy Sae's for the weekend. It is quite a task getting Buttercup into his cage, he just runs out every time I put him in. It is a nightmare. Soon enough I go into the kitchen and get out his favourite fish treats and place them in his cage. Buttercup come sprinting in and as soon as he is fully inside I quickly shut the door. I pick the cage up by the handle and head to Greasy Sae's.
The snow is slowly beginning to melt but the temperature is still below minus so I have to be careful and watch my step or else I will slip. Buttercup lets out a moan here and there. District 12 has changed quite a lot since the war. Houses are bigger and no one is poor. President Paylor made sure that every living person in every district got a fair share of money.
Kids are running about, building snowmen and having snow ball fights. Urgh! I hate the word 'snow'. A little girl with long brown hair in two braids accidently throws a snow ball into Buttercup's cage. I can't help but laugh.
"I am really sorry I didn't mean to hit your cat, I meant to hit him" she points to a boy a few yards behind me.
"It is ok" I reply. She smiles and quickly runs behind me, to catch the boy I suppose. I hear them both giggle in the distance. It doesn't take long for me to reach Greasy Sae's. I climb the snowy steps to her porch and knock on the door. Her granddaughter opens the door. She stands there blank for half a second and then realises who it is.
"KATNISS" She shrieks with excitement, jumping up and down.
"Hey Olivia, is Greasy Sae there" I ask. She nods and runs down the hall to get her. A few minutes later she appears at the door again with Greasy Sae by her side who is wiping her hands on a tea towel.
"Hello Katniss, I see you have come to drop Buttercup off" She says smiling.
"Hi, Peeta said that he dropped his treats and food off earlier when he was on his way to the bakery. I just have to say don't give Buttercup too many of those fish treats, they will turn him into a lunatic for the rest of the day" I say whilst handing him over to her.
"Ok, have a good time and I will see you when you get back" She replies.
"Bye" a few seconds later she shuts the door. I make my way down the snowy steps and head to the bakery where Peeta is waiting for me so we can go and catch the train.
I can smell the bakery a mile of, cheese buns, goat cheese and apple tarts and Peeta’s new recipe, honey bread. Peeta is sat at a table when I walk in. I silently creep behind him and shout,
"BOO" Peeta jolts right onto his feet with a slight scream. I laugh a little.
"Katniss I’m going to get you for that" He says.
"Well you will have to later because now we have to go and catch the train" I say pointing towards the clock on the wall. Peeta disappears behind the counter to collect our suitcase and the keys. I grab the suitcase off him once we are outside whilst he locks the door. We begin to make our way to the station Where Haymitch is supposed to be meeting us. When we arrive at the station Haymitch is ready and waiting on the train so Peeta and I quickly climb on. If you want to travel between the districts you have to book the train in advanced. Peeta shows the ticket man our tickets, he barely looks at them and heads of into the front carriage.
"What time will dinner be served" I ask even though I know the answer. I have been on this train a million times before; dinner is always served at six O'clock on the dot.
"Same time as always sweetheart" Haymitch replies. He isn't as drunk as he was the other day. I look up at the clock on the wall across from me, dinner will be served in twenty minutes. I get up and head into mine and Peetas room. I just open the door when I feel somebody wrap their arms around me and pick me up.
"Gotcha” that somebody is Peeta. I squeal in laughter as he spins me around. A few minutes later he lies me down on our bed.
"I think we are even now" He says. He leans down and begins to kiss me.
We arrive in the Capitol the next day around noon and it doesn't take long for us to spot Effie in the crowd of rainbow people.
"Hello, Hello" A very excited Effie says to us as we walk up to her, she gives each of us a quick hug.
"Happy birthday" I say when she hugs me.
"Thank you" She replies. Whilst she is speaking to Haymitch and Peeta I spot a silver owl ornament in a nearby shop, I nudge Peeta and point to it. He nods. Peeta whispers something to Haymitch. When he is finished Peeta and I hurriedly walk into the shop. We pick the owl up and take it over to the counter where a woman with bright pink long curly hair, bright pink makeup on, a bright pink fluffy dress and tattoos all over her arms is standing there reading a magazine.
"Hello what can I do for you" She asks, her voice isn't as squeaky as I expected it to be.
"We would like to buy this" Peeta says.
"OK, would you like it to be engraved" She asks
"Yes please" we both say in unison.
"OK, write down what you want engraved and I will do it" She hands us a piece of paper and a pen, I whisper what I think it should say to Peeta and he writes it down on the paper,
Happy Birthday Effie, with love from Katniss & Peeta xx
Effie's banquet is held in a big hall with banners and balloons everywhere. A stunning white, circular table with food galore on is placed in the middle. The big hall designed to look like a summer garden. Effie has only invited a couple of her friends, Haymitch, Peeta, me, Rochelle her sister and Rochelle's 10 year old daughter Paris and Effie’s best friends Scarlett and Chanel.
The banquet is great, just full of laughter and fun, but what happens next is unexpected. Haymitch taps his glass with his fork. Everyone stops what they are doing and turns to look at him. Peeta gets up out of his chair and kneels down on one knee in front of me; he pulls a little box out of his pocket and just as he opens it he says,
"Katniss, ever since I laid my eyes on you I have loved you, and I just want to ask you one simple little question, Will you marry me?" A warm spirit fills my body with joy and happiness, I am start-struck. I don’t know what to say.
"Yes Peeta" I finally say. He puts the ring onto my finger. It is silver with a green Emerald in the shape of a heart. Everyone begins to clap. I lean down and kiss him.