Together.

*COMPETITION VERSION* What happens to Katniss and Peeta after Mockingjay? Alongside how they cope with their nightmares and memories of the games? Read along to find out. Katniss and Peeta have been back in District twelve for a few years now, the have already grown closer again. But will Katniss' and Peeta's relationship carry on? Will they be more than 'Star Crossed Lovers'? Will they become a family?

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27. She is a fighter, just like you...

Katniss' POV

 

We manage to get Willow transferred to the Capitol. It was the day after Caeser was at the hospital doing a news report, Willow began to get sicker very quickly and that was when Nisha finally agreed to let us transfer Willow.

 

"I am warning you, if Willow doesn't get transferred to the Capitol soon then I will transfer her myself. She is getting sicker by the minute and you are doing hardly anything to help her" I cry.

 

"Mrs Mellark, I have been thinking about transferring Willow, but you have to understand that there are other children in the same positions as her. However Willow is one of the sickest here though so we have all agreed that she should be transferred"

 

I sit alone in the cafe at the Capitol hospital. Peeta is with Haymitch seeing if we can stay in our apartment at the training centre, which is now a hotel for the Victors for when there is a special event going off in the Capitol and the Victors have to attend. Haymitch insisted he came; he wanted to be there for us and Willow. And to see that single tear roll down his cheek, I knew that he actually wanted to come, and why should we leave him behind. We are the only family he has left. My mom is actually with Willow in the surgery room, the doctors wanted her to help them.

 

My heart aches when I think of Willow. I just can't bear the thought of losing her. She means everything to me just like Peeta does.  Two tears roll down my cheek. I don't want to be the strong person anymore, but I have to be strong for Willow and I guess Peeta and I will both have to be strong for each other.

 

"Excuse me" I hear someone say behind me. I quickly dry my tears with the sleeves of my green cardigan and turn around.

 

"E...E...Effie" I say. Effie pulls me into a hug.

 

"Oh Katniss dear, I am awfully sorry" She says. I pull away from her. She is wearing a light pink wig with a light pink dress, which isn't abnormal for Effie. The only thing different about her is that she isn't her cheery self.

 

"How...how did you find out" I ask.

 

"I bumped into Caesar this morning and he told me the horrible news. It was a shock to hear it, I mean you and Peeta have been through so much and now for you both to go through this with Willow who isn't even one year old yet is devastating" She says. I pull the empty chair next to me out and Effie sits on it.

 

"I would of told you earlier but I didn't know how to" I say. Effie takes hold of my hand,

 

"Katniss you can talk to me about anything, I will always be there for you" She says.

 

"Thanks Effie" I reply.

 

Effie looks around the cafe.

 

"Where's Peeta" She asks.

 

"He is with Haymitch seeing if we can stay in our old training room whilst we are in the Capitol" I say. She shakes her head.

 

"No. How about you and Peeta stay at mine, it is closer to the hospital and you both need someone right now" She says patting my hand. I smile sadly to her, the first time I have smiled at all since Willow took her first steps a few days ago. 

 

"Thanks Effie"

 

I see Peeta and Haymitch walking towards us, so I take the last few sips of my coffee and place my empty cup onto the table. I climb of the chair and walk up to them, Peeta greets me with a hug.

 

"Have you heard anything yet" He asks. I shake my head.

 

"My mother said that she would come and find us when they are finished" I say.

 

The red lights turn on, alerting us about an announcement that will be made on the speakers anytime soon.

 

"Visiting hours are now over" The voice says. I look at the clock on the wall and then at Effie who is looking at someone running down a corridor. My mother, she is wearing the same white doctor’s scrubs as everyone else is in the hospital.  Peeta and I hurry towards her.

 

"How did it go" I ask.

 

"They manage to remove a bit more of the tumour. Willow, at the moment, is doing well the only thing is is that she can't have any visitors for around two days. Try not to worry as much; I will make sure she is taken care of" My mother says. I this was just some random nurse or Doctor I would argue but as this is my mother I can trust her. I don't want to leave Willow for two days but I don't have a choice. I give my mother a hug.

 

"Okay, thank you. Please give her a big kiss from us and tell us that we love her so much" She pulls away and wipes away the tears.

 

"Katniss, I will be with her and I promise, I will not let anything bad happen to her" She says.

 

"Thank you Sarah" Peeta says. He takes hold of my hand.

 

"Well I will probably phone you tomorrow and update you on her, but for now I have to go" She says.

 

"Okay, thank you so much. Bye mom" I say giving her another quick hug.

 

"Bye Sarah" Peeta says, also giving her a quick hug.

 

"Bye" She says and disappears back down the corridor.

 

*   *   *   *

 

"Katniss, Effie told me to tell you that dinner is ready" Peeta says whilst sitting next to me on the cream sofa in Effie's lounge.

 

"I know, I'm just not hungry" I reply.

 

"Katniss, you need to eat. You have hardly eaten anything for five days. Please, just try and eat something, I don't want you to end up in hospital as well" Peeta begs. I sigh.

 

"Fine" Peeta takes hold of my hand and leads me into Effie’s bright, crazy dining room. We both sit at the table whilst Effie dishes out the fish pie.

 

"Thank you Effie" I say as she places a slice onto my plate.

 

We all wait until Effie is finished dishing up and sat at the table with us before we begin to eat. It is silent at the dinner table for the first five minutes until the phone rings.

 

"I'll go and get it" Effie says. She stands up and goes off into the lounge. After only having a few mouthfuls of the pie, I rest my knife and fork on the left side of my plate. Effie comes trotting back into the dining room.

 

"Katniss, it is your mother" She says and passes the phone over to me.

 

"Mom, what is it" I ask. I put the phone on speaker. 

 

"Katniss, the doctors are thinking to go ahead and remove the entire tumour tomorrow. It will be a risky surgery but if they manage to remove it all then her chances of surviving are allot higher" I sit there confused, Nisha said that they are unable to remove the entire tumour. I look at Peeta.

 

"But Nisha said that if they tried to remove the entire tumour they would have to remove some of her brain as well and they couldn't do that" I say.

 

"Well Nisha has been lying to you; actually Nisha has also been lying to you about Willow's survival percentage. You told me that she told you it was forty percent well actually it is sixty-five percent. Anyway, are you okay with them going ahead with the surgery? It will increase her chances by thirty percent which will make her survival percentage ninety-five percent" My mom asks. I look at Peeta, he nods slowly.

 

"Okay, yeah" I say slowly.

 

"Okay, I know it isn't an easy choice to make after being told the surgery is going to be quite risky. I would have been like that. And even though I haven't been through this with you I have come so close to losing you so many times and I didn't have a choice and as Willow is my granddaughter I know how you feel. Katniss and Peeta just remember that we are always here for you both, Effie, Haymitch and myself. I have got someone next to me that would like to speak to you, do you want me to put her on" She asks.

 

"Please" I say.

 

I turn the phone of speaker and hold it up to my ear.

 

"Katniss" The person on the other end asks.

 

"Hi who is it" I ask.

 

"It's Greasy Sae. I am terribly sorry to hear about Willow" Say says.

 

"How come you are in the Capitol" I ask. Peeta gives me a confused look so I mouth "Greasy Sae" to him. I hear Sae take a deep breath on the other end.

 

"Olivia has cancer and she is terribly sick" She cries. I clamp my hand over my mouth.

 

"Oh Sae, I am so sorry to hear that. Do you want me to come to the hospital" I ask.

 

"Pl...pl...please" She stumbles.

 

"The doctors have said that she hasn't got long left to live, the chemotherapy or radiotherapy isn't working and the tumours either stay the same or grow instead of shrink" She says.

 

"Sae, Peeta and I will be over in a few minutes" I tell her.

 

"Okay, bye" She turns the phone of.

 

"What’s wrong?" Peeta asks.

 

"What isn't wrong" I correct him.

 

"Sae's granddaughter, Olivia, is extremely sick in the Capitol hospital. She hasn’t got long left” I tell Peeta.

 

"She wants us to be there with her" I add on.

 

Peeta and I hurriedly walk to the hospital, when we get there a doctor leads us to Olivia's room. When we get there Sae is sat next to Olivia's bed. Olivia’s pale skin has at least a million wires going in and out of it. Her long brown, curly hair has gone leaving her bald.

 

"Katniss" Olivia manages to say. Her voice is weak. Peeta and I walk over to her and I take hold of her free hand.

 

"Hello Olivia" I say.

 

"Katniss, if I die who will look after me" She asks. She is too sick to be worrying about this.

 

"Well you have your mom and dad" Olivia's parents got killed in the bombing so ever since they died Olivia has been living with Sae.

 

"And you also have Prim. Don't worry Olivia" I wipe away the tears that are rolling down her cheeks. The heart monitor begins to beep fast. I know she hasn't got long left.

 

"Olivia, you have been such a brave girl for nana. You can't give up now" Sae cries.

 

"I'm don't want to give up nana, I love you I don't want to leave you on your own" Olivia replies. A few of my tears roll down my face, Peeta crouches down on the floor next to me.

 

"Olivia, you just need to be strong. Don't worry about nana she will be safe and so will you" Peeta comforts her.

 

"Katniss, can you please sing" Olivia asks. I am not in the hospital next to Olivia anymore, I am in the arena with Rue or that is what it feels like anyway.

 

"Sure" I reply.

 

"Deep in the meadow, under the willow

 

A bed of grass, a soft green pillow

 

Lay down your head, and close your sleepy eyes

 

And when again they open, the sun will rise.

 

Here it's safe, here it's warm

 

Here the daises guard you from every harm

 

Here your dreams are sweet and tomorrow brings them true

 

Here is the place where I love you."

 

"I.......lo..ve.......yo..ou.........na..na..." Olivia says with her last breath. The heart monitor stops completely and her chest stops moving. She's gone. Sae begins to cry softly.  I place a kiss on her cheek. 

 

"There is always someplace better. I love you Olivia." I whisper to her. I stand up and walk over to Sae and embrace her into a hug.

 

"I am so sorry" I cry. Two doctors come into the room and ask for Peeta and myself to get out.

 

It is a short and quiet walk back to Effie's. Olivia was a bright and bubbly child who definitely had a great future ahead of her, but now she doesn't have a future at all. Cancer has taken her future away from her. Effie is devastated when we tell her about Olivia.

 

"She was such a well-mannered child" Effie said. I don't want to talk about it, so I tell Effie that I am going to go to bed early. I head upstairs into the room that Effie said Peeta and I could stay in. I get my pyjamas out. Not so long after, Peeta walks in.

 

He walks up to me and wraps his arms around my waist and kisses my neck lightly. I turn around and wrap my arms around his neck and kiss him lightly on the cheek.

 

I feel awkward, not going to lie. I mean I love Peeta to bits but this just doesn't feel right, taking pleasure in anything, whilst Willow is extremely sick.

 

"Katniss I know what you are thinking" Peeta says

 

"You do" I ask.

 

"Yes, and I have an instinct telling me that Willow will win this battle" he says looking into my eyes.

"You are so beautiful" He whispers before he kisses me passionately.

He walks into the bathroom to get a shower. When he walks out he is just about to put his pyjama top over his head when I stop him. I walk up to him so I can see them more clearly, his back is covered in them.

 

"Peeta?" I ask.

 

"Hmm?"

 

"Are these scars from when you were in the Capitol" I ask.

 

"Yeah" he replies. I feel guilty, if I had never left him at the lightning tree in the arena this wouldn't have happened to him. I lightly kiss each scar, when I am finished Peeta turns around.

 

"I love you so much" He says. He kisses me lightly. I tell him that I am going to go and get into the shower. When I get out Peeta  offers to braid my hair so I sit crossed legged on the bed and let him. When he is finished he embraces me into a cuddle.

 

"She is a fighter just like you" Peeta says. 

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