*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?


1. The Invitation.

Katniss' POV


The snow falls lightly as I trudge along the path through victors village, It has been a few years since the war ended and the first thing President Paylor made sure of when she came to power was that there would be no more Hunger Games, as soon as that news was broadcasted all over Panem there was celebrations in each and every district, no more innocent children dying for entertainment. I open the door to where Peeta and I live, he has his own house of course but we like to be together to protect each other from the nightmares that haunt us every night. Just because there are no more Hunger Games, doesn't mean that there are no more nightmares. I smell something delicious coming from the kitchen. Mmm Peeta has been baking cheese buns.



"Hey" I say as I walk into the kitchen which is covered in flour, Peeta in no doubt would get the award for messiest baker in town.

"Oh, hey" he says as he turns around, he has got flour all over his stripy apron. I laugh a little and shake my head.

"What" he asks with a puzzled look on his face

"Nothing" I say, I walk over to him and give him a hug. After about a minute he pulls away,

"Katniss I don't think you would like burnt cheese buns, would you"

"No I wouldn't, now tend to those cheese buns now" I say laughing playfully, their scent fills the room making me even hungrier. I look down and notice that I have got flower all down my top. I give Peeta a small kiss and tell him that I am going to get changed.


I walk down the hallway to the staircase that leads up to our room, at the bottom of the staircase is a cabinet with family pictures that my mother filled up with when she was living here. There is a picture of Prim it is hard for me to carry on without her, she was too young, I miss her so much. I have kept Buttercup for her sake because I knew she would have wanted me to take care of him and I also feel like a part of her is with me when he is creeping around the house. We still don't get along, he hisses at me whenever he walks past me like he is trying to tell me something.


I walk up the creaking stairs; Peeta's and my room is to the left with Prim's old room and two other rooms on the same side. On the right is my mom's old room with two spare rooms and a family bathroom. The room Peeta and I use is gigantic, cream coloured walls with a double bed in the middle.

 A pair of navy blue jeans and a light green t-shirt, which I forgot to put away earlier, lay on the set of draws opposite the bed. I pick them up and walk into the bathroom and turn on the shower. When I am finished I braid my hair into its usual braid and head down stairs where Peeta’s delicious cheese buns awaits me.


I run into the kitchen to see a blue plate of golden cheese buns sitting in the middle of the counter. Peeta is sitting at the mahogany dining table that Effie gave us, so I grab two cheese buns and I head over to where he is sat and sit next to him.


"Hey, they were supposed to be for after dinner" He says


"Well there is no rule saying that I can't have a before dinner snack" I reply.


"Effie has sent us a letter" Peeta says. Effie only keeps in touch with us with letters. She says she prefers to write letters than to speak on the phone. Peeta hands me the letter. I open it,


Dear Katniss & Peeta


As you know my birthday is coming up and to celebrate I am holding a banquet. It would be a pleasure for both of you to come, i will meet you at the train station in the capitol next Saturday at 3 O'clock.  As always please write back.


Lots of Love,


                      Effie xxx


"Well, do you want to go?" I ask Peeta once I’m finished reading it.


"I would love to go, I miss Effie. But would you like to go" He replies, I bite my lip.


"I...I’m not sure Peeta you know I don't really enjoy going to the capitol but I would love to see Effie, i miss her as well"


"Katniss, I won't let anything bad happen to you, you know that."


"Okay, but please stay with me"


"Always" he replies. I look up at him, a small smile spreads across his face making his blue eyes sparkle even more, I lean up and press my lips against his soft lips. I wrap my arms around his strong body and lean my head on his shoulder, I feel his arms wrap around me.


"Do you think Effie has invited Haymitch?" I ask.


"I don't know but I will guess we will find out soon"


We sit there wrapped around each other watching the soft snow fall lightly on to the swaying trees in the back garden through the window. I feel safe and secure with Peeta by my side.


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